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Indeed such music is far from the formal restraints of Bach which this Canadian violinist first made her mark. But judging from the tantilizing result here, Miss St. John's personna and talents are a great match for this music. Also a factor must have been her frequent trips in her youth to the epicenters of this tradition - Russia, Yugoslavia and Hungary - which perhaps awakened the Gypsy-within. Regardless, she is stellar in this Gypsy repertoire on this CD - as is her musical partner, Israeli pianist Ilan Rechtman.
While more-aquainted with music from Bach to Brahms, I was not too familar with the music of this genre before hearing this CD - so I had no idea what to expect. And I also cannot say how her readings here compare to X, Y or Z. But, I have to say most every piece on the CD caught my interest and admiration and jazzed me. While Miss St. John is the cover star of this recording, pianist Rechtman is equally engaging from the piano. I was impressed with his clear sense of direction and non-intrusive flair in the music - and especially his three original arrangements (the Gypsy Nocturne being particularly poetic and moving).
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How cool is that? The champion of the 2008 USA Olympic Team, gold medal winning gymnast Nastia Liukin used this CD, the song 'Variations on Dark Eyes,' as her floor routine music. Arranged by the pianist on this recording, Ilan Rechtman. Fabulous!
On this record, she is joined by Ilan Rechtman, who is a well-matched accomplice, and a super-witty arranger.
I love this record!
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Great recording showing off St. John's virtuosity. Can't understand why it isn't reissued.Published 17 months ago by doctor mock
I bought this album after hearing the Variations on Dark Eyes on the radio the other day. The playing throughout the album is nothing short of phenomenal.Published 17 months ago by Andy Peterson
... and she does.
Opinions vary, and that is evident here. The reviews are all over the map, from; "No collection is complete without this." -- to -- "Rubbish. Read more
It's a beautifully produced recording of passionate violin playing, with all the fire, brilliance, sweetness of sound, and varied colors of gypsy storytelling. Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by Gypsy Music Lover.
There's no disputing that Ms. St. John is a superb technician on her instrument, but the playing here is too stylized -- far too much portamento for my taste. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Keith Otis Edwards
The ones who never have heard about Lara St John, well, they should. GYPSY is a good way to introduce you into the amazing world of Lara's violin and virtuosity. Read morePublished on February 17, 2009 by M. Skobic
Not what I thought it would be according the the jacket. Very limp and not a gypsy verve that would attend with a CD title like thatPublished on October 4, 2007 by Amazon Customer