Second Time Comparison

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Analisi delle due interpretazioni

Walewska’s entry (bar 8) is sad and subdued, the follow up dreamy and heart rending (bars 16-24), the recollection intense (bars 25-27), the climax dramatic (bar 28) and the following gentleness archetypes up to bar 35 yearning.

Rostropovič is more objective, though there is great respect for the events narrated and this prevents him from sharing the profound feeling expressed at bar 28 and forces him to slow down the archetypes at bars 29-33 unnaturally.

The cello’s entry from bars 42 to 57 reveals a cautious, subdued, who is unable, even in the gentleness archetypes (all too feebly played) in bars 61-64, to communicate something of that “molto appassionato” written by Dvorak over these bars.

W is quite different. She observes the composer’s annotations, without exaggerating.

No comment is needed on both artists’ impeccable performances of the comment variations in bars 69-75, or the entry at bar 76, which is gentler with R, more vibrant with W.

When, for the third and last time the sad gentleness archetypes turn into a soliloquy (bars 87-95), even R plays almost passionately, in a somewhat overbearing manner, a kind of retreat into the mind. W, on the other hand, lets the heart strings sing out, and the theme takes on a dramatic character, a last stand.

At bar 107 we have a cadenza, which is cheerful, noble and external in (R); heart rending, self searching and internal in (W).

The subsequent dialogue with the orchestra (bars 129-134) sees a parallel calm, more concrete in (R), who does not accept the dreamy character found in W at bars 135-144.

Come pure, dopo la breve cadenza delle u003cemu003ebattute 146-148,u003c/emu003e avviandoci verso la fine, mentre in Walewska si avverte chiaramente il senso di liberazione e il presagio di commiato, in Rostropovič è tutto rallentato e compitato, quasi cristallizzato, come se si andasse serenamente verso il u0022nullau0022.