CONNOISSEUR SOCIETY LP CS 2014: Joao Carlos Martins plays BACH
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João Carlos Martins, born June 25, 1940 in Sao Paulo, Brazil is an acclaimed Brazilian classical pianist and conductor, who has performed with leading orchestras in the United States, Europe and Brazil.

He is celebrated as the greatest interpreter of the music of Bach next to Glenn Gould, having masterfully recorded his complete keyboard works. For decades Martins has been engaged as the leading pianist at the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other ensembles. The New York Times says, "Maestro Martins has lived a life of renown, challenge, tenacity and triumph sufficient to fill a lively memoir".

After his career as a concert pianist was derailed by injuries and accidents, he has successfully reinvented himself as a conductor, leading hundreds of performances worldwide including acclaimed concerts at Carnegie Hall. He is a conductor at the English Chamber Orchestra and the Bachiana Filarmonica Orchestra. He is also notorious for being an initiator of social programs for underprivileged youth in Latin America.

A child prodigy, Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins began studying the piano with José Kliass at the age of eight. The following year, he won a competition sponsored by the Bach Society of Brazil. Soon thereafter, the legendary Alfred Cortot proclaimed: "With this kind of tone, with the ability of his fingers, he could become very important for the history of piano playing."

At the age of 18, he was among the first Latin Americans to be invited to participate in the prestigious Casals Music Festival in Puerto Rico. International attention grew in 1961 when, at 20, he gave a performance of the 48 Preludes and Fugues from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (a work that later became one of his specialties) in his debut concert in Washington, D.C. The reviewers were ecstatic.

His name quickly spread throughout the concert world-no surprise to concert-goers in Brazil, who already knew him as a child prodigy. Three years later he made his New York debut, followed by engagements with all major orchestras in the United States and recitals throughout the world, including sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center).

CONNOISSEUR SOCIETY Records LP item - WHITE and LIGHT BROWN record labels with BLACK lettering - see pictures for more detail
Record Made in the USA
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record Made in: 1969
Record Catalog Number: CS 2014

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -


Performed by -
Joao Carlos Martins, piano

LP Title -
The Extraordinary Brazilian Pianist - Joao Carlos Martins plays J.S. Bach - The Well Tempered Clavier

Track listings -
1. The Well-Tempered Clavier - Book 1 - Preludes and Fugues 1 - 8

The LP jacket is in near mint minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits - it is completely intact, and shows only shelf wear, primarily along the seams and rounding of the edges.
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind - see pictures with this listing for a better understanding of the condition of this item.
There is NO hand writing on the front or back of the jacket (see point above).
The cover has clean and sharp colors with a bit of color foxing - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in Very Good plus condition - not a perfect record since the vinyl formula used with these LPs during this time period was not of the audiophile variety, and quality control was not the best, there is a small pressing defect (vinyl bubble) on the LP. There is also a mark on side 2, second band that may sound on some audio systems. The edge of the LP is ribbed.
It retains much of the original gloss and sheen - definitely NOT an abused record!
The record seems to be well taken care of by appearance.
NO significant spindle marks - just a couple of light ones.
This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems, depending of course, on the sensitivity of your turntable, arm and cartridge.

Please understand that this is a vintage record LP - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Connoisseur Society LP CS 2014
  • Manufacturer: Connoisseur Society Recordings
  • Condition: Used

CONNOISSEUR SOCIETY LP CS 2014: Joao Carlos Martins plays BACH

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