Apres Un Reve : Gary Karr and Harmon Lewis
Apres Un Reve : Gary Karr and Harmon Lewis
Gary Karr, acclaimed as »the world's leading solo bassist« (Time magazine), is, in fact, the first solo doublebassist in history to make that pursuit a full-time career. It is a career that adds new lustre to his already lustrous 1611 Amati doublebass which was given to him by the widow of Serge Koussevitzky.
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Bach: 6 Solo Cello Suites
Bach: 6 Solo Cello Suites
As can be easily inferred from his career path, Enrico Mainardi was a cellist whose artistic viewpoint was a grafting of the German school of cello playing influenced by Neue Sachlichkeit to the musical background of his motherland Italy. He recorded the monaural cycle for the Archiv label between April 1950 and October 1955. Mainardi's Bach is leisurely and contemplative. His playing meditates on the auspicious meaning of the work - it is a musical delta of courteous low notes, a magical prayer of an aged monk. This is a masterful performance, and its value is somewhat different from the performances of today. Recording: in mono
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Beethoven : 5 Sonatas For Cello And Piano
Beethoven : 5 Sonatas For Cello And Piano
Daniil Shafran (1923-1997) was one of the world’s best known concert cellists for many years. Many musicians consider him one of the most interesting phenomena of not only cello performing art but also the entire music culture of the 20th century. As many researchers note, Shafran’s performance combined intellect and poetic inspiration, an impeccable taste and technique, in-depth interpretation of the author’s idea and originality in revealing the contents of works. Anton Ginsburg (1930-2002) was an outstanding pianist, pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus and winner of the Prague Spring International Competition. He was best known as an ensemble musician performing with Daniil Shafran, Mikhael Khomitzer and Igor Oistrakh. Many critics noted the pianist’s creative initiatives, temperament and keen musicality.
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Beethoven & Mozart : Sonatas For Violin and Piano
Beethoven & Mozart : Sonatas For Violin and Piano

The last and by no means least of the modern Hungarian school of violin playing, Johanna Martzy made relatively few commercial recordings. But all of them were made in her prime, and most of them acquired a legendary, and ‘cult’ … Continued

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Brahms : The Complete Symphonies
Brahms : The Complete Symphonies
Karajan’s interpretations are orthodox and exemplary. He has intellectual mastery over every symphony, even the difficult Third, which clearly presents him with no difficulties at all... the performance of the Second Symphony has a beautifully lyrical, golden quality, with rich, warm phrasing, and plenty of vigour in the last movements. (Gramophone)
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Garry Karr : Kol Nidrei
Gary Karr, acclaimed as "the world's leading solo bassist" (Time Magazine), is, in fact, the first solo double bassist in history to make that pursuit a full-time career. It is a career that adds new lustre to his already lustrous 1611 Amati double bass which was given to him by the widow of Serge Koussevitzky.
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Gary Kerr : Arpeggione Sonata
Gary Kerr : Arpeggione Sonata
Gary Karr, acclaimed as "the world's leading solo bassist" (Time Magazine), is, in fact, the first solo double bassist in history to make that pursuit a full-time career. It is a career that adds new lustre to his already lustrous 1611 Amati double bass which was given to him by the widow of Serge Koussevitzky.
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J S Bach : six suites for unaccompanied cello
J S Bach : six suites for unaccompanied cello
The Jean-Max Clément cycle has much to commend it. He’s a communicative player, and whilst some of his tempi are generally on the slower side than we are used to today, the music-making has a spontaneity, leaving the favourable impression of music freshly composed and being created on the wing. He draws a big, rich, full-bodied sound from his instrument, and his varied vibrato endows his playing with a wealth of tonal shadings. He’s not averse to the use of portamenti to obtain a particular expressive effect. Nor is he afraid of applying some tasteful rubato to enhance the line. I love the way he captures the sombre introspection of Suite No. 5, gauging to perfection the ebb and flow of the melancholy Sarabande. To the faster dance movements there’s rhythmic vitality. This is certainly a premier league set, in admirable sound for its age. - Stephen Greenbank, Music Web International
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Janos Starker Plays Italian Sonatas
Janos Starker Plays Italian Sonatas
In the nineteenth century, a number of virtuosos and teachers undertook the task of arranging for the cello hundreds of sonatas and suites written for violin or gamba in the previous century … the service rendered by enriching the playable repertory for the cello was immensely valuable. These works have served as 'hors d'oeuvre' for almost all cello recitals ever since. Personally, I have always been guided by a strong drive toward technical perfection. In fact this would only be true if one placed the beauty of dynamic extremes and touchingly communicative emotional display above the beauty of purity, simplicity, and balance. It demands self-imposed mature discipline, respect for the total concept of a work—and faultless execution. - Janos Starker
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Mahler : Symphony No. 5
Mahler : Symphony No. 5
Leonard Bernstein was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive worldwide acclaim. He was a composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. For this performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony on audiophile 180g vinyl Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
In 1982, the BPO's centenary year, Mahler's Ninth was played in an unforgettable series of concerts in Salzburg, Berlin and New York. Two things were evident in the momentous first performance in Salzburg in April 1982. First, Karajan was bringing an added toughness and truculence to the opening measures of the second movement, strengthening still further an already masterly unfolding of Mahler's powerful essay in the metamorphosis of the dance.
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Masterpieces for Violin and Orchestra : Milstein
Masterpieces for Violin and Orchestra : Milstein
● From the original analogue master tapes of Universal Music ● Audiophile full analogue mastering by Rainer Maillard ● Cutting to lacquers at Emil Berliner Studios ● 180g audiophile virgin vinyl pressed by Pallas GmbH in Germany ● Stereo Recording (SP8528 / Capitol)
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