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Janos Starker recorded Bach's Cello Suites five times, two of which are available on CD. The first in 1965 for Mercury Living Presence, was a triumph. He set his reputation for technical perfection, sensitive phrasing and a supreme expressive intensity.
Don't let the technicalities put you off. Yes this is deep Bach. But this is also very accessible Bach. This is fun Bach. This is Bach, the sublime, played by one of the cello's best performers.
While on his travels, Bartók liked to collect old folksongs,
Well-chosen to complement the carefree Horn Sonata, the B side contains a light and airy performance of the Violin Sonata No.2
British bands have their very own imitable sound which is only to be found where it is ‘brewed’.
This recording represents a jazz happening of the highest order, with breath-taking solo dialogues between two giants of the saxophone at the very height of their art.
While the whole of this improvisation is totally gripping, it is the brilliant percussion solo which stands out. For this alone, the album is worth its weight in gold.
The ballets Appalachian Spring (1964) and Billy the Kid (1938) are considered to be key works of their day. Both have folkloric traits, which brought Copland...
It is almost superfluous to mention that a thrilling performance of both works can only be achieved by the very best of symphony orchestras.
This album closes with the solemnly magnificent Le Tombeau de Couperin and thus offers a both representative and delightful choice of modern French works
It is a rare event indeed when a new atar arrives in jazz whose talents rise so far and so clearly above that of his contemoraries that his acceptance as the "man of the year" on his instrument is a foregone conclusion.
This LP is sought after by many collectors just because Oscar Pettiford participates.