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Starker/Ružicková Duo Recital 1971 - Bach: Sonatas & Suites for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord / János Starker, cello; Zuzana Ružicková, harpsichord

Audio Samples

  1. J.S. Bach — Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027 (Arr. J. Klengel for Cello & Keyboard): I. Adagio [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  2. J.S. Bach — Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027 (Arr. J. Klengel for Cello & Keyboard): II. Allegro ma non tanto [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  3. J.S. Bach — Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027 (Arr. J. Klengel for Cello & Keyboard): III. Andante [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  4. J.S. Bach — Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027 (Arr. J. Klengel for Cello & Keyboard): IV. Allegro moderato [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  5. J.S. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: I. Pr√©lude (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. J.S. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: II. Allemande (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. J.S. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: III. Courante (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. J.S. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. J.S. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: V. Gavottes I & II (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. J.S. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: VI. Gigue (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. J.S. Bach — Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903: Fantasia (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. J.S. Bach — Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903: Fugue (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. J.S. Bach — Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1029 (Arr. J. Klengel for Cello & Keyboard): I. Vivace [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  14. J.S. Bach — Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1029 (Arr. J. Klengel for Cello & Keyboard): II. Adagio [Live] $0.99 on iTunes
  15. J.S. Bach — Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1029 (Arr. J. Klengel for Cello & Keyboard): III. Allegro [Live] $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

János Starker (1924-2013) is considered by many to be one of the greatest masters of the cello in the 20th century. Born in Budapest, the third son of Jewish parents from Poland and Ukraine, he began cello lessons when he was five years old. When he was eleven, he gave his first concert and at age 14, he was playing Dvorák's Cello Concerto. Starker was an indisputable authority of the highest magnitude of every aspect of musical culture and was renowned for the sober brilliance of his musicality. At the same, his recorded legacy has set an impossibly high standard of professionalism for future generations of cellists. Zuzana Ruicková was one of the great harpsichordists of her generation. Born on January 14, 1927 in Pilsen into a Jewish family, she was 15 years old when she began her studies with Wanda Landowska in Paris, before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen- Belsen were to become gruesome chapters in her young life, until the liberation, when she returned to Pilsen, and with unwavering discipline, regained her former skills once again after several years. In 1951, she appeared as a harpsichordist for the first time publicly, and in 1956, her winning the first prize in the Munich ARD competition, opened the way for an international career. When János Starker and Zuzana Ruicková met in Schwetzingen in 1971, two highly experienced, legendary Bach interpreters combined their vast experience, delivering an equally high-precision, energetically coherent interplay of exceptional accomplishment. So it was a matter of mutual respect that both appeared at the recital not only as a duo, but also with substantial solo contributions. This recording is the living testimony of the encounter of these two extraordinary musicians.

American Record Guide
Starker recorded the six suites five times, one might find this a new take on the dramatic C-minor Suite. Ruzickova plays with clarity and imagination and does a fine job on the Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue, so unless you prefer a more "early music" take on this music, you will find this release quite satisfying in sound and exciting in its drama and virtuosity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schwetzinger Schloss, Rokokotheater (05/22/1971).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027
  • Performer: János Starker (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  • Performer: János Starker (Cello)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
  • Performer: János Starker (Cello)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
  • Performer: János Starker (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720