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Lara St. John

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Key of A | Beethoven Sonata #9 / Franck Sonata

Label: Ancalagon Reocrds
Released: 2020
Track listing: Beethoven Violin Sonata #9 Op. 47 “Kreutzer”: Adagio sostenuto - presto, Andante con variazioni, presto; Franck Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano: Allegretto ben moderato, allegro, Ben Moderato Recitativo-Fantasia, Allegretto poco mosso; Fritz Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin.

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Lara St. John: Key of A | Beethoven Sonata #9 / Franck Sonata

Read "Key of A | Beethoven Sonata #9 / Franck Sonata" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


It is always a worthy question to ask when a pairing like Beethoven's notorious “Kreutzer" sonata with Franck's frankly demonic violin sonata, not to mention the inspired inclusion of Kreisler's “Schön Rosmarin," thrown in for giggles, is released. There is clever reasoning to programming both sonatas on the same disc and it is not simply that ...

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Shiksa

Label: Ancalagon
Released: 2015
Track listing: TCzardashian Rhapsody; bar Fight (Variajuni; Cocek; Maftule Shpilt Far Dem Rebn; Ah Ya Zayn; Misirlouri’ Sari Siroun; Nagilara; Kolo; Five Sadino Songs; Oltenian Hora; Miscow; The Pain Will Find Us; Ca La Breaza.

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Lara St. John: Shiksa

Read "Shiksa" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


..."all this music from different countries and cultures pulled together and recorded by a random Canadian chick." And that is the charm of Lara St. John. One-time enfant terrible violinist Lara St. John has morphed into a beautifully iconoclastic and enigmatic cultural presence in the staid world of classical music. ...

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Fiddlers on the Roof: Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman

Read "Fiddlers on the Roof: Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Violinist Lara St. John is not the only noted fiddler from the friendly climes of Canada. The past few years have seen the emergence of two exceptional violinists, Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman, who intersect one another in multiple places, including: Tafelmusik, the Eybler String Quartet and the Baroque chamber group, I Furiosi. Outside of Tafelmusik, ...

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Bach Sonatas

Label: Ancalagon
Released: 2012
Track listing: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Keyboard in B minor, BWV 1014: I. Adagio; II. Allegro, III Andante, IV Allegro; Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Keyboard in E major, BWV 1016: I. Adagio, II. Allegro, III. Adagio ma non tanto, IV. Allegro; Sonata for Violin and Keyboard in G minor, BWV 1020: I. Allegro, II. Adagio, III. Allegro; Sonata for Flute and Keyboard in B minor, BWV 1030: I. Andante, II. Largo e dolce, III. Presto; Sonata for Flute and Keyboard in B minor, BWV 1030: IV. Siciliana.

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Lara St. John and Marie-Pierre Langlamet: Bach Sonatas

Read "Bach Sonatas" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Can classical music performance be controversial? Most often, this is true only when a performance departs from contemporary (or not-so-contemporary) conventional wisdom, which often relies on both a uniform and blinding reverence to how “things ought to be." Every composer who ever put pen to parchment may have designated a specific instrument in a given piece, ...

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Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Label: Ancalagon
Released: 2009
Track listing: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto in E Major, Op. 8/1, RV 269 (Spring); Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8/2, RV 315 (Summer); Concerto in F Major, Op. 8/3, RV 293 (Autumn); Concerto in F Minor, Op. 8/4, RV 297 (Winter); Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Otono Porteno (Autumn); Invierno Porteno (Winter); Primavera Portena (Spring); Verano Porteno (Summer).

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Lara St. John, The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Eduardo Marturet: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Read "Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Canadian cum American violinist Lara St. John is a classical maverick without peer. The scintillating Bach of her youth, Bach: Works for Solo Violin (Well Tempered Productions, 1996), gave way a decade later to her fully mature Bach of The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo (Ancalagon, 2007), and then to diamond-splendid Hindson, Corigliano, and ...


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