János Starker plays Hindemith · Prokofiev · Rautavaara
ArticleNr. SWR19418CD | 1 CD | 75 min | Booklet language englisch
Year recorded1971, 1975
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
Andreas von Lukacsy
Tr. 1 Paul Hindemith: Cello Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
Tr. 4 Sergej Prokofjew: Symphony-Concerto e minor op. 125 for Violoncello and Orchestra
Tr. 7 Einojuhani Rautavaara: Concerto No. 1 op. 41 for Violoncello and Orchestra
János Starker was without doubt one of the great cellists of the 20th century. These three impressive 20th-century cello concertos are rarely performed. Another album with legendary performers from the SWR archives. Re-release of an SWR music bestseller (94.227).
Among the legendary cello virtuosos of the twentieth century, János Starker was the most flawless, unrivalled in the way he constantly combined technical perfection, focused sound, exciting expression and objective conception. Starker dedicated himself to repertoire from Bach to the modern classics, as well as intently promoting new music. His playing is often described as a “mixture of fire and ice”, characterised by an indomitable, forward-driving power and a linear tension that leaves no room for self-indulgence. János Starker was one of the greatest cellists, whose performances have permanent value, as these recordings demonstrate.