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János Starker plays Hindemith · Prokofiev · Rautavaara
1 CD | 75min | Nr. 94.227
CD 1: » Paul Hindemith: Cello Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
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» Einojuhani Rautavaara: Concerto No. 1 op. 41 for Violoncello and Orchestra

János Starker was one of the greatest cellists of all time. He died just last year in 2013 at an advanced age, but was active as a teacher to the end. The easygoing naturalness of his playing and lean, lively sound were particular hallmarks of this master. Starker was known as a masterful chamber musician as well as being active as a soloist, but throughout his life, he premiered numerous works by contemporary composers as well. Among his numerous recordings, are of course the favorite cello works of the Romantic period, but this CD shows Starker as a persuasive interpreter of major cello concertos of the 20th century. This is the first time that Starker’s recording of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Cello Concerto has appeared on CD.