The 20th century's most sought after LPs, out of print for 3
Penumbra | Atlanta, GA USA | 07/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"János Starker is one of the 20th century's greatest cellists. Hungarian born, Starker was a child prodigy touring Europe and the United States by the time he was 12 years old. Starker is a perfectionist and his tireless practice sessions are legendary. The man is a genius with his instrument. His technique is brilliant and his playing passionate.
These sessions were recorded in New York in the 1950's for the small label, Period. With no producer on hand, the musicians and engineers collaborated on the sound and mic placement. Starker himself helped in the editing process taking a razor blade to the session tapes. I guess that shows what can be done when you take the marketing people out of the creative process. As LP's these recordings were among those most prized by collectors. Sadly, they have been out of print for over 35 years. This is the first time they are available on CD.
This set is marvelous for its diversity, ranging from Boccherini and Mozart to Bartok and Kodaly is amazing.
I have to say that I usually dislike Bartok, but in Starker's hands Bartok becomes fascinating. If a musician can do that with Bartok, imagine how well the Mozart sounds!
Absolutely the best...
Southern Slim | Memphis, USA | 09/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply put, absolutely the best performances of these pieces by the most sympathetic musicians - especially on the Hungarian composer's pieces (all the players are Hungarian). Starker is at his best here and the supremely underated Arnold Eidus is a revelation to say the least. Do not miss this piece - it has never appeared on CD before. The original LPs sell for a fortune on Ebay. Starker fans will not be dissapointed..the performances are breathtaking"