Beethoven Brahms & Britten
Shostakovich and Rachmaninov
Review from American Record Guide (November/December 1998):
Starkweather and Rivkin begin with the Shostakovich sonata in a free-wheeling performance that takes advantage of a richer bass than on either of the preceding issues. The warm sound fits the relaxed interpretation. Both players are highly competent, and musical points are made clearly. I hear keyboard lines in Shostakovich that I have not heard before. Analysis carried to the degree they do makes a long-term impression. The Shostakovich slow movement has a fine long line. They've done a lot of thinking about this music, and, in their somewhat understated way, they do play it very well.
From Bernard Greenhouse:
Dear David, I have heard your CD and I congratulate you on fine performances. Your sound is exceptional in both slow movements and the general technique is first class. Bravo, and keep up the excellent playing.
Six Suites for Violoncello Solo - 3-DVD Set (BWV 1007-1012). Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by David Starkweather. String ensemble. Grade 5. DVD. Published by Latham Music Enterprises (LA.730150).
Performed by David Starkweather, professor of cello at the University of Georgia School of Music, this 3-DVD set of the Bach Cello Suites features video from a variety of camera angles, with uncompressed stereo PCI audio recorded in Hodgson Concert Hall at the University of Georgia. The discs offer a choice of four views: performance; performance with score; manuscripts with score; and scenery. One can choose to watch the scrolling score from Starkweather's edition, along with manuscripts of Anna Magdalena Bach, Johann Kellner, and, in "Suite No. 5," the lute manuscript of J. S. Bach. The angle button flips the view seamlessly between the performance with score and the manuscripts with score. Extras include scholarly examination of the manuscripts titled "Disagreement of Sources for the Bach Cello Suites" and "Comparison of Copyists' Accuracy," a backstage tour of the recording sessions, and pdf documents of Starkweather's performing and manuscript editions. [NTSC 720x480, 4:3, DVD-9].
Six Suites for Violoncello Solo (BWV 1007-1012). Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by David Starkweather. String ensemble. For cello. Grade 5. Solo part. Published by Latham Music Enterprises (LA.730476).
This edition of the Bach Cello Suites is appealing to both the scholar and the performer. The genesis of this edition was the alignment of the relevant manuscripts for easy comparison and study using a line-by-line layout. It has resulted in the ultimate scholarly approach to the study of these manuscripts and has led to many discoveries concerning notes, trills, dots, dynamics, and rhythm. In the scordatura version of "Suite No. 5," pitch names are given above the notes for the re-tuned top string, clarifying confusing elements in the notation. Fingerings and bowings in this edition reflect those used on the DVD set of Starkweather's performance of the suites (item number 730150). Reference to the manuscript edition makes it possible to visually assess the ambiguity of many of the slurs and to reach one's own conclusions.
Sonata in D Major, Op. 6 No. 6
for violoncello and continuo
Sonata in D Minor, Op. 6 No. 12
for violoncello and continuo
Arranged and edited by David Starkweather
Continuo realization by Egbert Ennulat
Artaria Editions Limited, Wellington, New Zealand, 1997
Three movements from these two sonatas became part of the cello literature due to an arrangement by Alfredo Piatti (1822-1901) published by International Music Co. Piatti's arrangement, while extending the literature for cello, took considerable liberty with the material. All movements of these two Locatelli violin sonatas have been arranged in this edition for cello and continuo.
Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764) was an Italian composer and virtuoso violinist. His compositions are all concertos, sonatas and violin caprices. The twelve violin sonatas of Opus 6 are "considered to be among Locatelli's best works" (New Grove, Vol. 11, pp. 104-107). The sonatas of Opus 6 generally follow the pattern of No. 6: a slow first movement, a fast middle movement, and concluding with a third movement set of variations, often on a minuet theme. No. 12 is a surprise, having five movements that conclude with a Capriccio, a predominantly solo movement subtitled "Prova del intonatione."