Janos Starker

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János Starker plays Bach: Duo Recital 1971

János Starker plays Bach: Duo Recital 1971


Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV1027

Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV1029


János Starker (cello), Zuzana Růžičková (harpsichord)

János Starker (1924-2013) is considered by many to be one of the greatest masters of the cello in the 20th century. Born in Budapest, the third son of Jewish parents from Poland and Ukraine, he began cello lessons when he was five years old.

When he was eleven, he gave his first concert, and at age 14 he was playing Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Starker was an indisputable authority of the highest magnitude of every aspect of musical culture and was renowned for the sober brilliance of his musicality. At the same time, his recorded legacy has set an impossibly high standard of professionalism for future generations of cellists.

Zuzana Růžičková was one of the great harpsichordists of her generation. Born on January 14, 1927 in Pilsen into a Jewish family, she was 15 years old when she began her studies with Wanda Landowska in Paris, before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen were to become gruesome chapters in her young life, until the liberation, when she returned to Pilsen, and with unwavering discipline regained her former skills. In 1951 she appeared as a harpsichordist for the first time publicly, and winning the first prize in the Munich ARD competition in 1956 opened the way for an international career.

When János Starker and Zuzana Růžičková met in Schwetzingen in 1971, two highly experienced, legendary Bach interpreters combined their vast experience, delivering an equally high-precision, energetically coherent interplay of exceptional accomplishment. So it was a matter of mutual respect that both appeared at the recital not only as a duo, but also with substantial solo contributions.

This recording is the living testimony of the encounter of these two extraordinary musicians.

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Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56, etc.

Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Wolfgang Schneiderhan / Géza Anda / Pierre Fournier

Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Wolfgang Schneiderhan / Janos Starker


Radio-Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Ferenc Fricsay

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Concertos In Contrast

Concertos In Contrast


Bloch, E:

Schelomo

Haydn:

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, Hob. VIIe:1

Vivaldi:

Piccolo Concerto in A minor, RV 445

Weber:

Clarinet Concertino in E flat major, Op. 26

Wieniawski:

Polonaise brilliante No. 1 in D major, Op. 4

Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16


Glenn Dicterow (violin), Janos Starker (cello), Thomas Stevens (trumpet), Miles Zentner (piccolo), Michele Zukovsky (clarinet).

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

“exactly the right balance of virtuosity and taste... smouldering intensity, darkly brooding and intense... quite possibly the best performance available [of Schelomo]” Classics Today

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Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op. 16, etc.

Berlioz:

Harold en Italie, Op. 16

Bloch, E:

Voice in the Wilderness


Daniel Benyamini (viola), Janos Starker (cello).

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta

“the inner movements flow beautifully, while the outer ones are fleet and exciting” Classics Today

“Mehta's disc shows him at the height of his powers and belongs in any Berlioz lover's collection” International Record Review

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Brahms: Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102, etc.

Brahms:

Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102

Henryk Szeryng (violin), Janos Starker (cello)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

Mendelssohn:

Concerto in D minor for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra

Jaap van Zweden (violin), Ronald Brautigam (piano)

Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra


“Janos Starker projects mastery and imagination throughout... a full, lush Brahmsian sound” Classics Today

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Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56, etc.

Beethoven:

Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56

Claudio Arrau (piano), Henryk Szeryng (violin), Janos Starker (cello)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Alfred Brendel (piano)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink


A Beethoven extravaganza coupling two of his works using the piano and other friends. The Choral Fantasy here receives one of its most powerful performances and the Triple Concerto one of its most ennobling.

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Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Bruch: Kol Nidrei - Vinyl Edition

Dvorak: Cello Concerto & Bruch: Kol Nidrei - Vinyl Edition


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104


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LP Pure, Vol. 24: Doráti Conducts Dvořák & Bruch

LP Pure, Vol. 24: Doráti Conducts Dvořák & Bruch


Bruch:

Kol Nidrei, Op. 47

Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104


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In Memoriam Janos Starker

In Memoriam Janos Starker

Cello masterworks of the 20th Century


Dohnányi:

Konzertstück in D major for Cello and Orchestra Op. 12

London, Kingsway Hall, 14-17 July 1956

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Süsskind

Martinu:

Cello Concerto No. 1, H.196

Prague Live recording Czech Radio, 19/3/1990

Czech Radio Symphony, John Nelson

Prokofiev:

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 58

London, Kingsway Hall, 14-17 July 1956

Philharmonia Orchestra, Walter Süsskind


Only Janos Starker could propose such a programme: as difficult for the instrument as poorly rewarding for the instrumentalist: the artist must fully express the lyricism from these almost forgotten cello masterworks of the 20th century. At that time, he played the 'Lord Aylesford' Strad, then a Matteo Gofriller (Venezia, 1659-1742) for Martinu’s score. A true image of a master, brought to America by Antal Dorati [then at Dallas] and poached by Fritz Reiner for the Met orchestra, Starker following him to Chicago in 1953. Having left Chicago in 1958 he took up the professorship at Indiana University that made him the most celebrated cello teacher in America and resumed his solo career giving hundreds of concerts on every continent. From the 1960s Starker was one of the sorld's top soloists, famed for his concert demeanour. His bow arm was the envy of colleagues; his legato immaculate and his left hand delivered pinpoint intonation. In all this he was the heir of Emmanuel Feuermann, whom he had heard play with Bartok, at the tender age of 9. He continued to teach until his death in 2013.

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Brahms at Bedtime

Brahms at Bedtime


Various Artists, John Lenehan (piano), Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Anna Barry (producer), Claudio Arrau (piano), Henryk Szeryng (violin), János Starker (cello), Jaap van Ginneken (recording producer), Alfred Malecek (violin), Herbert Stähr (clarinet), Peter Steiner (viola), Kohei Tsuchiya (violin), Ferdinand Mezger (violin), Peter Steiner (cello), Kohei Tsuchiya (viola), Walter Trampler (viola), Bernard Greenhouse (cello), Isidore Cohen (violin), Menahem Pressler (piano), Wilhelm Hellweg (recording producer), György Sebök (piano), Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Stephen Kovacevich (piano), Volker Straus (recording producer), Joost Hummeling (recording engineer), Cees Heijkoop (recording engineer), Erik Smith (recording producer), Cees Van Leeuwen (recording engineer)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Beaux Arts Trio, Beaux Arts Trio, Bernard Haitink

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