Daniel Shafran was the principal cellist of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1937, Shafran won the All-Union competition for cellists and violinists. The prize was a magnificent 1630 Amati cello, which Shafran played until the end of his life. This instrument had a delicate, but gorgeous, tone, and Shafran was sometimes criticized for playing an instrument that was perceived as more appropriate for chamber music. 

Early made in USSR on VSG Melodiya Very First 33 CM 1935-5416, 1936-5418, 1937-5419 Blue Stereo Label, 33rpm, 12inch 3 record set LPs. Daniel Shafran plays the J.S.Bach Complete Suites for unaccompanied cello BWV 1007-1012. - Saulo Zucchello