BBC 3 described Rostrapovich’s performance on this recording as breathing “this music as if it were oxygen…he brings it chillingly to life”.
His friendship with Shostakovich gives him a unique understanding of his inner traumas and the resulting complexity of his compositions – and this proximity allowed Rostrapovich to create, with the LSO, an overwhelming performance.
When he swapped his cello for the conductor’s baton, he showed little concern for technique reckoning that an orchestra of the quality of the LSO didn’t need a conductor to help them play as a unit. They could do that for themselves. His role was to create and inspire.
This he has done with outstanding results. The recording will be available next week to Society of Sound members to download, including a 24-bit FLAC format.