Janos Starker has found worthy fellow musicians in Antal Dorati and the London Symphony Orchestra. The conductor and soloist set a benchmark in how to work together as a team in concert in that it is less the often lamented emulation than the interpretation which stands in the foreground in this performance. Rather, the two protagonists commit themselves to a chamber-music-like reading which is distinguished by the dynamically moderate intonation of the orchestra and the slender tone of the soloist throughout.
An ever-welcome encore is found on side two with Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei”, performed with verve and a good portion of romantic, melting sweetness which allows this evergreen to flourish.
Recording: July 1962 at Wembley Town Hall, London, by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz
Production: Wilma Cozart