Album – Bach The Concerto Album – Lara St. John

Posted by admin on November 10th, 2005

  • Band / Artist : Lara St. John
  • Genre : Classical/Baroque
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  • Rating : 9 out of 10

Sensuous, provocative, smoldering and that’s just the CD, Lara St. John isn’t bad either. OK, bad jokes aside, classical music isn’t something that’s usually associated with independent music. Usually people think rock or pop and that’s sad, as there is a huge amount of excellent classical music out there. I have to admit, after reading Lara’s bio, I felt somewhat guilty having never heard of her, but I’m sure classical music buffs are bound to have come across the Canadian born artists name before.

It’s great that there’s a lot more younger artists appearing, as classical music is usually the domain of gray haired older people, who wouldn’t know their Blur and Oasis from their Kaiser Cheifs and Killers. In fact the listening audience is usually the same, but, bit by bit a younger audience is being found and that’s certainly a good thing. The younger audience are bound to be intrigued to see a very attractive young woman playing the violin and boy can she play that violin.

I’m in no way an expert on classical music, but I know what I like. I also know when something isn’t very good and I can tell you I’ve heard some awful renditions of popular classics. This however is in a class of it’s own. The production is crisp and clear and the actual performances are flawless. In fact it’s hard to believe that someone so young can give such a mature performance. This CD contains 4 concertos, with a total of 13 movements. The CD runs at just under an hour and the flow is seamless.

This CD provides an excellent introduction to some of the lesser known (to me anyway) works of Bach and I’m looking forward to listening to some more of Lara St. John’s work.

Conclusion : This is definitely a CD I will be playing again and again. It will certainly be given several blasts on my stereo this weekend. That is, if I remember to take it out of my car stereo.

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