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Starker was born in Budapest to a father of Polish descent and a mother who had immigrated from Ukraine, both Jewish. His two older brothers were violinists, and the young János (named for the hospital in which he was born) was given a cello before his sixth birthday. A child prodigy, Starker made his first public performances ... Read more in Amazon's Janos Starker Store

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  • Performer: Josef Gingold, Janos Starker
  • Composer: Hans Bottermund, Zoltan Kodaly
  • Audio CD (December 14, 1992)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delos
  • ASIN: B0000006U7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I think you will decide that you need them both.
Jeffrey
It is very good: Starker plays with utter technical assurance and the music often attains a grandeur as it seems to unchain itself from any sense of meter and pulse.
jt52
You can't do much better than a recommendation by the composer himself!
Russ

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Danny Noonan on August 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is truly one of the greatest recordings of all time, precisely because Starker plays the Kodaly like Kodaly - not like Brahms. It's a vicious, bleak piece. Ma's recording is dramatic and flowery and ornamented - and sounds like everything else he does. Pick up this Starker disc - leave Yo-Yo to his Tchaikovsky.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Russ on May 16, 2003
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I heard Starker perform this live in Sacramento, CA, about 40 years ago. This recording is exquisite. Although Starker's rendition of the Kodaly has its unfavorable critics, it must be noted that Starker played the work for the composer--the first time when Starker was about 15. His final performance for Kodaly was shortly before the composer's death. On that occasion, Kodaly himself stated that Starker's performance, except for one small ritard, was the "Bible performance".
You can't do much better than a recommendation by the composer himself!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1998
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After hearing this recording, nothing else can measure up. Starker cuts straight to the heart of this masterpiece and creates absolutely unforgettable music. This version also includes the variations which were cut in the last movement in his earlier recordings. Every cellist and serious music lover should have this recording. The other two pieces are also given fine performances (including some real jaw-droppers in the Paganini). Buy this.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon on February 9, 2004
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Starker's rendering is the greatest recorded performance of Kodaly's masterwork. You either know that or you should know that. If I live to see the piece or its performance rivaled, I'll be a lucky man. Buy it now, and for God's sake forget Yo-yo's recording...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Miller on January 24, 2007
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This Delos CD features Starker's 1970 version of the Kodaly Op. 8 Sonata (recorded in Japan, originally for Star Records). I agree with the other reviewers; it's a marvelous performance in its way. But I don't consider it the equal of his 1956 EMI/Angel LP version, or of his greatest studio performance of the work: the 1950 version made for Period Records. In those earlier recordings (especially the Period), the technique and intonation are effortless and flawless (astonishing in fact) and there's greater sheer energy in the last movement. Starker was 46 at the time of this recording and while that's of course not "old", I think it "took a bit out of him" so to speak, at least toward the latter portions of the piece; I'm sure it must be an exhausting work to perform. I have the Saga and Period label pressings of the early recording and also I have the Angel version and would be happy to lend these to anyone who's never heard them.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By new music guy on April 2, 2002
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Starker's virtuosity at the time of this recording was truly unparalleled. There are passages in both the Kodaly works here that have tortured the best cellists in the world for almost a century, but he rips through them with incredible ease and grace.
Unfortunately, his playing is extremely dry. The first movement of the solo sonata is lacking in the appassionata element that can make it so powerful, the rubato in the second seems too carefully calculated, and the third movement is raced through somewhat pedantically. In the duo, when there are special moments, it seems to always be Gingold who creates them.
This disc absolutely deserves 5 Stars, as a testament to perhaps the most perfect cello technique in history on perhaps the most difficult standard-rep cello piece ever written. But don't expect to have any kind of emotional reaction to the solo sonata (except for perhaps awe at the virtuosity). For a technical performance of the solo sonata that almost matches this has but a far more impassioned feel, Starker's old student Maria Kliegel has a recording on Naxos that I enjoy somewhat more than this disc.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1999
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Frankly, phenomenal is the only word. If you are not used to Kodaly you might have to listen to this twice to hear the actual music, because the first time I listened to it I could only focus on Starker's technique. Is it really possible to play like this?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phil in Mågnøliá TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 1, 2013
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The renowned cellist János Starker died just a few days ago at the age of 88. He was one of the most accomplished and proficient cellists of modern times, and among all of the various compositions that he performed and recorded over his long career, the Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello, Op. 8 composed by Zoltán Kodály must take pride of place.

Starker performed this work for the composer Kodály in 1939 when he was just 15 years old, first privately and then in concert in Budapest. Starker was the first to record it (at 78 rpm), in Paris in 1948, and he received the Grand Prix du Disque award for that recording. Starker moved permanently to the U.S., also in 1948, and over the following years he had several other opportunities to perform for Kodály, both during the composers conducting tours in the U.S., and in London. When the two met shortly before Kodály's death in 1967, the composer told Starker "If you correct the ritard in the third movement, it will be the Bible performance".

Starker made the first LP recording of the work in 1950 in New York City, with later recordings in London, in 1956, and his final recording of the work was made in Japan in 1970.

The performance on this disc is his final recording of the work, from 1970. An important distinction from the earlier recordings is that in here he performs the complete Cello Sonata, with no cuts (all earlier recorded versions by Starker had cuts in the second and/or third movements, usually made so that the performance would fit within the capacity of the album sides available to him at the time). This final performance was transferred digitally to CD and this was the first appearance of the work on compact disc.
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