, May 2014
It is hard to resist Tchaikovsky, when he is conducted as idiomatically as this. Rozhdestvensky’s interpretation is wonderfully warm, velvety, and affectionate in the strings, a touch on the weighty and steady side, rather like what one would have expected from Sanderling in his day…the orchestra plays flawlessly.
I was even more interested to see what Rozhdestvensky would do with the Janáček. Taras Bulba is in my opinion the composer’s most profound work, and one very difficult to carry off…Rozhdestvensky downplays the bombast…the piece has direction—and great beauty.
This CD is a fine tribute to Rozhdestvensky…So it is all to the good that the liner notes explore in some detail the conductor’s personal way of interacting with and rehearsing orchestras. It is worth reading. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review