This is a suberb work and easily as good as the his famous first Cello Concerto. I for one prefer it - as Rostopovich himself said, it's profundity is second to none!
It opens with a haunting and beautiful Adagio that, at its climax, tears at the soul. The short second movement, an exciting Scherzo, moves seamlessly by means of a Cello Cadenza to the Finale, which contains many dramatic and lyrical episodes, beautiful and powerful. Anonymous
- (Lewes, United Kingdom)