- Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2000
- Label: Ancalagon LLC
- Copyright: 2001 Ancalagon LLC
- Total Length: 58:37
- ASIN: B001GPU22Y
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,013 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)
|Play||1. Concerto No. 1 Allegro||3:29||£0.89|
|Play||2. Concerto No. 1 Andante||6:04||£0.89|
|Play||3. Concerto No. 1 Allegro||3:34||£0.89|
|Play||4. Concerto No. 2 Allegro||7:33||£0.89|
|Play||5. Concerto No. 2 Adagio||6:35||£0.89|
|Play||6. Concerto No. 2 Allegro Assai||2:34||£0.89|
|Play||7. Double Concerto in D minor Vivace||3:20||£0.89|
|Play||8. Double Concerto in D minor Largo ma non tanto||6:20||£0.89|
|Play||9. Double Concerto in D minor Allegro||4:20||£0.89|
|Play||10. Sonata No. 1 Adagio||3:53||£0.89|
|Play||11. Sonata No. 1 Fuga||4:51||£0.89|
|Play||12. Sonata No. 1 Siciliana||2:46||£0.89|
|Play||13. Sonata No. 1 Presto||3:18||£0.89|
Of course, this kind of marketing would be misguided if she couldn't back it up with thrilling and intense interpretations. She employs a good mix of period performance practice and modern violin technique. Finally a violinist who doesn't milk each melodic line just because she can. This is not playing you hear in conservatories. There is refreshingly spare use of romantic vibrato and her lean sound meshes well with the crisp orchestra sound. Most importantly, her fleet tempos match the character of the music.
A must-buy! If you liked her previous two recordings you will not be disappointed. And I recently stumbled on her website - what a kick---site! I hope Ms. St. John will continue her unconventional path in music.
What I found, specially in the sonata, was crystal technique but an absense of art. And this is what music is all about.
The concertos are a far resemblance of the vigor and beauty shown in her first CD. There is no doubt that Lara is an amazing performer, but something must be wrong with the way her art is maturing.
Her website stopped displaying her schedule two years ago. What's next?
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