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Dmitri Shostakovich - Mstislav Rostropovich - Cello Concerto No. 2

Dmitri Shostakovich - Mstislav Rostropovich - Cello Concerto No. 2
Cello Concerto No. 2
MP3 album size:
1598 mb
FLAC album size:
1954 mb
WMA album size:
1304 mb
Other formats:
4.6 ✪


Cello Concerto No. 2 In G Major, Op. 126
A I Largo
B1 II Allegretto
B2 III Allegretto - Cadenza

Companies, etc.

  • Copyright (c) – Parlophone Records Ltd.
  • Recorded At – Grand Hall Of The Moscow Conservatoire


  • Cello – Mstislav Rostropovich
  • Composed By – Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Conductor – Evgeny Svetlanov*
  • Orchestra – USSR State Symphony Orchestra*


Released for Record Store Day 2017.
Limited to 3000 copies.

Recorded 25.XI.1967, Great Hall, Moscow Conservatoire.
℗ 1997 Mstislav Rostropovich.
© 2017 Parlophone Records Limited.

In the 1950s Roentgenizdat – or X-ray publishing – became a trend in Soviet counterculture. ‘Bone music’ and ‘rock on ribs’ are two other terms that describe these bootleg recordings of music from the West, ingeniously cut onto X-ray film discarded by hospitals. This Record Store Day release bears an X-ray image of a spine and pelvis – with a 1966 recording that has its own underground history. When the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007) was exiled from the USSR in the 1970s, a resourceful Soviet archivist saved the original tape from destruction by hiding it in a mislabeled box. It is Rostropovich’s world-premiere performance of the Cello Concerto No. 2 by his teacher and mentor Dmitri Shostakovich, recorded live in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire with the USSR State Symphony Orchestra under Evgeny Svetlanov, on the composer’s 60th birthday. This is its first ever release on LP, in a numbered, limited-edition pressing of 3,000.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0190295871932
  • Matrix / Runout (stamped, Side A): 153245E1/A
  • Matrix / Runout (stamped, Side B): 153245E2/A
  • Ubrise
I agree with the other reviewers on the listening experience. For a picture disc release, and considering the date and supposed source of the material, the sound quality is decently spacious and well-mannered. The expected background noise is there but hardly intrusive, and the pops/clicks are minimal; if anything, it all adds to the feeling of sitting in a smoking parlor in the 60s listening to a recording of this historical performance with Rostropovich and Shostakovich themselves. This is a well-considered, and nicely executed release, and one of my favorite recent RSD releases. Truly inspired packaging concept!
  • Meztihn
One of my favorite RSD 17 releases. As mentioned earlier, sound quality is pretty good throughout with minimal pops. Love the history of this release and the picture disc is rad. The music is quite terrifying, but in a cool 1967 USSR kind of way.
  • Tori Texer
Interesting package. Decent sound quality, few pops and clicks but nothing aggregious.