Daniil Shafran (1923-97) plays Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with Vienna Symphony Orchestra conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini (recorded in either 1973 or 1978!). Aug 1, 2020 | Videos | 1 comment 1 Comment Tully Potter on August 1, 2020 at 10:48 am This is some sort of a document, certainly, and it is good to see Shafran playing, but neither he nor Giulini really understands Dvorák. Like quite a few conductors, Giulini falls at the very first hurdle, establishing the rhythm of the opening phrase, pom-pa-pa-pom. It isn’t difficult, but so often I hear it flabbily done. The opening tutti seems to go on for ever, and when Shafran enters he makes heavy weather of things. The tempo fluctuates so much that the structure of Dvorák’s greatest orchestral work falls apart. But then Rostropovich’s recording with Giulini is just as bad. Much as I love Rostropovich, he never really came to terms with this work, and it is hard to think of any Russian who has played Dvorák idiomatically. Oistrakh perhaps, as he was exposed to Czech musicians very early on, but certainly not Richter, who has left us a terrible Dvorák Piano Concerto and two appalling versions of both the Piano Quintets. Horses for courses, I say! Great musicians are not always in sympathy with every single style. In addition, Viennese orchestras always smooth off Dvorák’s corners… Try one of the many recordings with the Czech Philharmonic. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.