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Dvorák, Bartok: Cello Concertos / Starker, Slatkin, St Louis


Release Date: 08/30/1997 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60717   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonín DvorákBéla Bartók
Performer:  János Starker
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The unique item on the Starker disc is the first ever recording of the Bartok Viola Concerto in the cello version prepared by the man who originally completed Bartok's sketches of this work, Tibor Serly. I am surprised to find that—according to the notes accompanying the disc—it was published some 30 years ago, but never taken up until Starker started playing it. There is a strong case for preferring the cello version, when the lower register gives extra warmth to the melodic writing, notably in the Adagio religioso slow movement. If Starker shows a degree of emotional restraint in the Dvorak—almost as though he no longer finds the piece quite so fresh—his performance of the Bartok is stirringly expressive, very idiomatically Read more Hungarian in the rhythmic pointing and linking of contrasted sections. He is brilliantly backed up by Slatkin and the St Louis orchestra who offer some alert playing. I hope now that cellists may take up this version more widely, both in concert and on disc, even though that would be hard luck on viola players, whose repertory is even sparser."

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [3/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 9/1990 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 38 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Viola, Sz 120 by Béla Bartók
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 9/1990 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 22 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Serly 

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