Antonio Janigro is my favorite cellist and in my humble opinion one of the greatest overall musicians of the 20th century.
His renderings of the Bach solo works are finally available on CD. I've had them on LP, transcribed to MP3 via my magic turntable, but these remastered versions on CD are more clear and more faithful, hiss- and tick-free.
Any lover of the cello will be richly and more than amply rewarded in sampling these recordings. They stand firmly head to head with those of any of the other great, better known cellists of the 20th century.
If you're fortunate enough to find them, you should also listen to his recording of the Dvorak concerto with Dean Dixon conducting, and his recording of the Brahms double concerto with the great and inimitable Hermann Scherchen conducting, and Jean Fournier on the violin. These are amazingly lovely performances! Unfortunately, to my knowledge, they are only on LP. They're possibly available on YouTube, I haven't checked.
His conducting of the Zagreb soloists should also not be overlooked, especially the orchestral recordings of Bach, Vivaldi & Haydn. Best Sinfonia in C major ever. Pure poetry.
Too bad he didn't conduct and record any of the leaner Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert symphonies with his Zagreb soloists...or did he?
Treat yourself to these recordings and share with friends!
Antonio Janigro : Musician of the Century? (20th)