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Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb International, September 2018

A direct, unsentimental practitioner, Starker proves an admirable guide to these three concertos. Recorded balances are excellent and the tapes sound in first-class condition. Documentation is good too and there’s a fine colour photograph of the cellist characteristically unruffled and with waistcoat unbuttoned, on the front. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David W Moore
American Record Guide, September 2018

This makes an important release. My only cavil is that my CD player was unwilling to load it and play it. It did so after a good deal of persuasion. Also, the sound of the new one has no audible advantage over the older CD. But this is an important program that should be on your shelves. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Steven A Kennedy
Cinemusical, June 2018

Janos Starker (1924–2013) was one of the great cellists of the 20th Century. His strengths lie in intonation and tone, a deep resonant sound, and often impeccable musicianship that marks his recordings with orchestra with a sense of musical partnership rather than a showcased soloist with an accompanist. © 2018 Cinemusical Read complete review

Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, May 2018

Interestingly, even with a different conductor (Ernest Bour), the performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto is much like the Hindemith in its brisk, no-nonsense orchestral contours and dark, pensive cello playing. The question then arises: Is Starker’s approach, musical, well-articulated but emotionally cool, appropriate for this music? …Nonetheless, Starker and Bour bring out the structure of the piece very well. Their reading of the second movement, “Allegro giusto,” is particularly outstanding, and I liked the wit and sparkle with which they played the last movement, a real gem. © 2018 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review

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