Cello Essentials: The World's Greatest Cello Music

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Denon Records
  • UPC: 795041768629
  • Catalog Number: 17686
  • Sales rank: 120,641

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La fille aux cheveux de lin, prelude for piano, L. 117/8 - Claude Debussy & Shigeo Neriki (2:12)
  2. 2 Moment musical for piano in F minor ("Air russe"), D. 780/3 (Op. 94/3) - Franz Schubert & Janos Starker (1:50)
  3. 3 Grave in C minor, in the style of W. F. Bach - Fritz Kreisler & Janos Starker (2:22)
  4. 4 Work(s): Rumanian Folk Dances - Béla Bartók & Janos Starker (4:59)
  5. 5 Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1 - Gabriel Fauré & Shigeo Neriki (3:08)
  6. 6 Hungarian Rhapsodies for cello & piano (or orchestra), Op 68 - David Popper & Shigeo Neriki (7:46)
  7. 7 Kinderszenen No. 7 ("Träumerei"), for piano, Op. 15/7 - Robert Schumann & Janos Starker (3:00)
  8. 8 Tarantella for cello & piano, Op 33 - David Popper & Janos Starker (4:51)
  9. 9 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Arioso - Johann Sebastian Bach & Janos Starker (4:24)
  10. 10 Variations on "Preghiera" From Rossini's "Mosè", for violin & guitar (or piano), MS 23 - Niccolò Paganini & Shigeo Neriki (6:55)
  11. 11 Ritual Fire Dance, for orchestra (from "El Amor brujo") - Manuel de Falla & Shigeo Neriki (3:31)
  12. 12 Work(s): Sicilienne - George Frideric Handel & Shigeo Neriki (2:41)
  13. 13 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Figaro - Gioachino Rossini & Shigeo Neriki (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janos Starker Primary Artist
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