Mstislav Rostropovich cello
Tatiana Melentieva soprano
State Hermitage Orchestra
Arkady Steinlukht conductor
Psalm 51 (50)
for cello solo
Amicta Sole (Clothed with the sun)
for soloist (female) of soloists
Recorded July 2000 and September 2001
ECM New Series 1731
For his ECM second New Series album, Russian composer Alexander Knaifel collaborates with incomparable cellist Mstislav Rostropovich on “Psalm 51 (50)”, and sets the uniquely pure voice of his wife, Tatiana Melentieva, amid the soloists of the Glinka College Boys Choir on “Amicta Sole (Clothed With The Sun)”.
As with his previous disc “Svete Tikhiy”, which also featured two extended works, “Amicta Sole” brings together pieces that the composer describes as “quiet giants”, works that seem to slow down time with their very gradual and subtle development.
“Psalm 51(50)” throws particular responsibilities on the soloist who must play “as if singing”, or in this case as if intoning the words of the psalm. “I had the feeling”, says Knaifel, “that only Rostropovich could articulate this text.”