A Russian Review!!!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At the heart of the 'cellist's repertoire one can find the two concertos of Shostakovich. The concertos are completely contrasting examples of his compositions but they are without a doubt Russian. Natalia Gutman is the perfect person for the job of interpreting these works having studied with the dedecatee, Mstislav Rostropovich. Her voice is brimming over with confidence and holds your attantion throughout these live performances."
L. Johan Modée | Earth | 02/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc incarnates three outstanding performances with Natalia Gutman on cello. The performed works and performers are the following:
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1, op. 107. Kyrill Kondrashin, USSR Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra.
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2, op. 126. Dmitri Kitayenko, Moscow State Philharmony.
Schnittke: Dialogue for Violoncello and Seven Instruments. Yuri Nikolaevsky, Gnessin Chamber Orchestra.
The main attractions are the two Shostakovich concertos with the two distinguished Russian conductors, Kondrashin and Kitayenko. Gutman is an excellent cellist, and these recordings must be counted among the very best. The recorded sound is satisfactory, even if not in demonstration class. Recommended without reservation."