Each of the works on this disc is associated with a notable cellist who made a career in Russia: the `Rococo Variations` with the German player Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1843-90), the `Andante cantabile` with Anatoly Brandukov (1859-1930), the `Chant du Menestrel` with the Polish player Alexander Wierzbilowicz (1849-1911) and the Shostakovich Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich (1927-2007) - whose genius as an interpreter knits the whole program together. The main work on this recording is Shostakovich`s Second Concerto - a work on which Rostropovich and the composer collaborated. While the cellist`s recording with Herbert von Karajan is vastly popular, this CD includes Rostropovich`s preferred recording of the work, taped in 1960 with Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. For this alone, this CD is well worth the purchase. Tully Potter provides the insightful liner notes.