Recorded at the Rudolfinum Studio, Prague, June 16–18, 1952.
Three legends: Dvořák – Talich – Rostropovich. No wonder then that their “encounter” gave rise to
another legend: Rostropovich’s feted recording of Dvořák’s cello concerto. It was made in 1952, two
weeks after the 25-year-old cellist and darling of the Prague audience had performed the work with the
Czech Philharmonic conducted by Karel Ančerl at Prague Spring. Talich was still banned by the
Communists from giving public appearances in Bohemia, yet he was still allowed to record.
As Rostropovich himself declared, his interpretation was strongly influenced by Talich’s take on the piece
– and with it also Dvořák’s direct legacy. The soloist pointed out the recording’s exceptionality: “Some
time after the disc was released, I was phoned by my friend Sviatoslav Richter, who said that he had just
heard the recording made with Václav Talich and found it a work of genius! He was enthused. I consider
this recording of Dvořák’s cello concerto the best I have ever made. And even though later on I recorded
the concerto another seven times, it is the one that means the most to me. Throughout my life I have
remained faithful to that which Václav Talich taught me.” Supraphon has returned to the most celebrated
recording of the most frequently performed cello concerto and its release, directly mastered in pure
analogue, is a very special treat for lovers of the warm, rich vinyl sound. A delicacy for true connoisseurs!
Mstislav Rostropovich’s legendary Dvořák – with the unique magic of warm analogue sound.