Janos Starker is spoken of in hushed and fervent tones in cello circles. I grew up in Bloomington, IN and was closely associated with the School of Music at Indiana University. He is certainly only one of many esteemed and legendary performers teaching at the university, but he is one with an ability to change the lives of those who study with him. Listening to him perform gives me increasing respect for this big brother of the string family. Being a bassoonist, I thought I could do anything a cellist could do (and better! except double-stops, of course) but Mr. Starker's performance on this recording made the world aware of a rising star! He was in his early 30's at the time - 36 years prior to his Grammy award winning recording of the Bach Cello Suites. (That recording is an essential 2-CD cello collection.) Only 5 years into his tenure at Indiana, you can experience first-hand one of the talents that has made the Indiana University School of Music number one in the country throughout the 80's and 90's.