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  475 6621
  Schumann, Lalo, Saint-Saëns: Cello Concertos - Starker
  Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 129, Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor, Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto in A minor Op. 33

Janos Starker (cello)
London Symphony Orchestra
Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (conductor)
Antal Dorati (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Reviews: 3

Review by canonical April 27, 2010 (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
Short version: One of the best gems in the SACD classical repertoire.

Schumann: cello concerto (recorded 1962)
Lalo: cello concerto (recorded 1962)
Saint-Saens: cello concerto (recorded 1964)

Long version:

I think this is the finest rendition of the Schumann I have heard. Ever. Better than my two Rostropovich recordings, better than Lynn Harrell or Maisky or Yo-Yo Ma or Casals or ... It is wonderful, with Starker's deep rich warm tone, no overdone shmaltz, all done with consummate ease, and spectacular sonics. The recording sound is wonderful. The Schumann features Starker's own cadenza at the end of the third movement ... which provides something new for those for whom the Schumann is well-known territory. Being a 60s recording, there is some minor hiss detectable with headphones, and I noticed some 'wow and flutter' on the very first note ... but aside from that ... this is *also* the best sounding Schumann I have. And by comparison, the CD layer on the same disc seems muffled and veiled.

The Lalo (same 1962 recording) blows away my Yo-Yo Ma recording on redbook.

The Saint-Saens (recorded separately 2 years later) doesn't have quite the same bite as the rest: the cello sound doesn't shine through like the earlier 1962 recording, though the orchestral sound is excellent.


All the boxes are ticked: A superstar cellist of the 20th C, a fantastic performance, a wonderful recording, a professional high-rez conversion to DSD, detailed recording information in the notes, fancy superjewel box, excellent packaging, and all sold at a bargain price. Get it while you can. Some of the other Starker recordings in the Mercury series are now going for triple figures.

A stunning SACD. Highly recommended.

Brochure: Excellent
Recording resolution: Analogue on 35 mm magnetic film, transferred to 192kHz/24 bit PCM, and then to DSD
Recording: 1962/4 Watford Town Hall
Superjewel box: Yes

Performance: 5 stars
Sound: 5 (stereo)

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Review by jasotte September 26, 2007 (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
Magnifique album. La prise de son est très chaude et veloutée. Le violoncelle est au centre et l'orchestre à gauche et à droite. J'aime ententre respirer les soliste. Bravo!

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Review by Bobpaule December 29, 2007 (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:    
D'accord 100%. The above reviewer is an amateur just like me, beautiful music, worth getting.

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Works: 3  

Edouard Lalo - Cello Concerto in D minor
Camille Saint-Saëns - Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
Robert Schumann - Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129