Cello Essentials: The World's Greatest Cello Music

Cello Essentials: The World's Greatest Cello Music

by Janos StarkerJanos Starker


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This is a curious little disc. Although the front cover of the album says Cello Essentials, the back cover lists it as "Guitar Essentials." No need to worry, though; Janos Starker did not take leave of his sense and take up the guitar. Apart from listing the pieces being played, the album offers listeners no other information. It doesn't mention who transcribed the compositions (and more than half of the tracks are "fluff" transcriptions), when any of the recordings were made, or any history about the performers themselves other than a little blurb about Starker from The New York Times. As mentioned, more than half the album is devoted to trite little pieces that, while Starker is more than capable of executing them, could just as easily be performed by a talented high school cellist. There are moments, however, where Starker really gets to show what he's all about. The two Popper pieces, the Paganini "Moses Fantasy," and the transcription of Rossini's "Barber of Seville" are the very essence of show pieces, pushing the technique of those who would play them to the very limit. Of course, for a cellist like Starker, these high technical demands are tossed off with impressive, easy, and rock-steady precision. Thank goodness he stuck to the cello instead of switching to the guitar.

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Release Date: 04/08/2008
Label: Denon Records
UPC: 0795041768629
catalogNumber: 17686
Rank: 70711

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