Bach Cello Suites.

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Bach Cello Suites.

Nothing new, of course, to ask about recordings of these most loved suites, but I'm trying to have quite a few recordings (around ten), representing all different kinds of styles (of interpretation).

I'm soooo confused. Even considering only the CD's that you can find without lots of serching, we have: 2 Starker's, 2 Bylsma's, 2 Wispelwey's, Casals, Schiff, Gendron, Tortelier, the highly regarded Fournier, Queyras, Gaillard, Mneses, Thedeen, Navarra, Maisky, Mork, Isserlis, Rostropovich, Bailey, Gastinel, Ter Linden, Harrell, Istomin, Kirshbaum, Pergamenshikow, Kliegel, Lipkind, Onzay, Haimovitz, Harnoncourt, even McCarty and Imai (viola), uh... 

HELP, I NEED SOMEBODY HELP.

PS: I only own Fournier, Casals (Naxos), and Bylsma II.

hector
RE: Bach Cello Suites.

Fournier is superb, so is Bylsma. If you want a classical version, get Gendron. If you want a romantic version, get  Rostropovich.  I would avoid Maisky but that reflects my predilection for classical playing that is true and pure. I dont know the others.  Hope this helps. Regards Anand 

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

I should recommend Antonio Meneses's recording on AVIE. Modern cello but with baroque style and ornamentation!

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

Ok, Meneses, Mork (I listened others recordings by Mork which I liked very much). Does anyone knows about the Queyras; I´ve been told that is terrific at least for its the recording quality. Theank you all. J. 

hector
RE: Bach Cello Suites.

lipkind. unique.

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

 I have a particular regard for Robert Cohen: straightforward, unpretentious, yet deeply felt and utterly communicative. At Regis' price, a considerable bargain.

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

My brother gave me the Queyras as a present las week, and I have been listening it for three days now. Maybe I should take "distance", and only then comment on the CD; but I believe -at first glance- that's a fabulous performance; recording quality is magnificent as well. J.

hector
RE: Bach Cello Suites.

Isserlis is at the top of the list for me. His reading is different without being eccentric. Little nuances and inflexions change a passage you already know so well into something fresh and exciting. And he coaxes the most beautiful sound from his instrument, the first movement of the second suite is a case in point.

Queyras is a close second. His reading if anything is more revealing than Isserlis but the acoustic of the venue gives too much of a bloom to the instrument - it sounds muddied in places. Queyras applies period bowing techniques to great effect, the opening movement of the fifth is amazing. Definitely the best of the period recordings.

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

You probably have the full quota by now but I swear by Phoebe Carrai on Crear Classics. She performs on an anonymous Italian cello c. 1690.

Ivan Powell
RE: Bach Cello Suites.

Don't forget Heinrich Schiff's Suites, they are wonderful!

richardactor

RE: Bach Cello Suites.

Back to Saga records (see forgotten CDs), Janos Starker's (first & incomplete?) recording.

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