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Schumann, Lalo, Saint-saëns: Cello Concertos / János Starker


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 000530836   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert SchumannEdouard LaloCamille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  János Starker
Conductor:  Stanislaw SkrowaczewskiAntal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

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What János Starker lacks in the warmth of emotion he makes up for with the heat of intensity, and the same can be said of his conductor-partners in these superb 40-year-old performances, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Antal Dorati. Starker tends to sound like he’s playing on his D and A strings, even when he isn’t; his tone is consistently tight and focused, never really fat and juicy, even in the bottom notes. If the latter is the kind of cello-playing you prefer, you know perfectly well where to go for your musical wallow. Read more Starker’s way is initially less alluring, but in the end more compelling, and his sense of drama and stern demeanor work especially well in the Lalo.


The Schumann and Lalo were recorded on film rather than tape in 1962, and their background is silent. The soundstage for the Saint-Saëns recording, from two years later, is just a bit fuller and wider. All three concertos were recorded in three channels, faithfully and seamlessly reproduced in these new DSD transfers. This is a basic item for every collection.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1962 
Venue:  Town Hall, Watford, England 
Length: 23 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: János Starker performs his own cadenza. 
2.
Concerto for Cello in D minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1962 
Venue:  Town Hall, Watford, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
Date of Recording: 06/26/1964 
Venue:  Town Hall, Watford, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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