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    Default Bach's Cello suites

    One of my favourite Bach works along with the Partitas and Goldbergs.

    What are your favourite suites/movements?

    And which cellist do you prefer? I have Janos Starker's recording and love it.
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    Which Starker recording?

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    My favourite is definitely no. 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odnoposoff View Post
    Which Starker recording?
    Mercury, it says. :P

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    Harumph.

    There is a thread on this subject, in which I have posted the definitive response. (Schiff).
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    Suite 3 Prelude Rostropovich (I also have Kliegel and Haimovitz).

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    Own Zeuthen´s which is very good, lively and warm, and also includes the flute partita arranged for cello (he argues that it might originally could have been composed for cello). Often available at a very cheap price.

    I also have Casals which is eccentric and with poor sound, but sometimes interesting.

    Skipped Shafran - dull, slow and not very varied, and Fournier, which I also found too introvert.

    I would like to hear Haimowitz - an excellent cellist indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
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    I would like to hear Haimowitz - an excellent cellist indeed.
    Too serious for me, lacking in lilt. Have you heard Tortelier? Also quite serious, but with redeeming grit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltroll72 View Post
    Too serious for me, lacking in lilt. Have you heard Tortelier? Also quite serious, but with redeeming grit.
    No, haven´t heard Tortelier ... When speaking of Haimowitz, I have been particularly impressed with his Crumb sonata and recital discs for DG.

    Zeuthen studied briefly with Tortelier, and went on a pilgrimage to Paris as a pupil. In a radio interview, he told about having arrived to the city in order to play for the Master the next day. He then bought several bags of cherries which were on a special offer, and ate all the delicious berries - but bitterly regretted it .
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    Starker for me too - warm and sensuous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joen_cph View Post
    No, haven´t heard Tortelier ... When speaking of Haimowitz, I have been particularly impressed with his Crumb sonata and recital discs for DG.

    Zeuthen studied briefly with Tortelier, and went on a pilgrimage to Paris as a pupil. In a radio interview, he told about having arrived to the city in order to play for the Master the next day. He then bought several bags of cherries which were on a special offer, and ate oll the delicious berries - but bitterly regretted it .
    Hah. Thanks for the anecdote. Thinking on the Haimowitz... I seem to recall that he caught some static about his interpretations there; maybe you will find it interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassClef View Post
    Starker for me too - warm and sensuous.
    Interesting how different the same pieces can sound by a different player. I've only heard one set of three of the suites
    (1,3,5), and they sound stark and gritty to me. Like the passing away of an era, almost apocalyptic. Well, at least one of them sounded like that, I honestly don't remember which. I have not listened for awhile. Still, the contrast between performers is quite intruiging.

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    I appreciate Casals' historical documentation. For regular listening, either Gendron or Schiff. Tone and flow are everything in these. I do not like over-the-top choppy performances, of which there are too many. I have no single suite preference.

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    I like Gavriel Lipkind's SACD recording--very dramatic and romantic. Perhaps not for the purists.


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    I have quite a few sets as you can imagine

    I would highly recommend everyone try to get the Zuill Bailey set from Tealarc: Great playing all the way!

    http://www.amazon.com/Bach-Cello-Sui.../dp/B0030GBSVQ

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    (Not going to break your bank, either!)
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