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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    I heard Alisa Weilerstein give a superb performance of all six suites Friday night in Boston's Jordan Hall. I hope that she records them soon.

    Aftewards, as usual, I felt the need to dip into some recordings of the suites. First up was Yo-yo Ma's second recording ("Inspired by Bach"). Ma was apparently not very inspired; his playing here is technically secure and deadly dull. His third recording, recently released, is vastly better.

    I next turned to Rostropovich's EMI recording. I hadn't heard it in a while, but remembered finding it subpar, but couldn''t remember why. Now I do - it's not particularly well-recorded - there's nothing like the big, beautiful sound that he produced in the flesh - but the bigger problem is that much of his playing is metronomic and foursquare. I understand the desire to maintain a steady tempo, but surely Bach intended the music to have a sense of joy that Rostropovich completely misses. Very surprising.

    Finally, I put on Ralph Kirshbaum. His playing has everything that Ma and Rostropovich missed. It's beautifully recorded, and the sound he produces is breathtaking. Even when playing at an even tempo, the music has plenty of life and vigor, thanks to Kirshbaum's subtle use of accents and dynamics, and ability to mold phrases. The only downside to this recording, which may bother other people more than it does me, is that the somewhat close audio perspective makes the cellist's breathing audible.

    I'm not sure about the current availability of Kirshbaum's recording - it was reissued as a budget "twofer" a couple of times, and then in a 4 CD set coupled with Tetzlaff's first recording of the Sonatas and Partitas (also excellent, BTW). The original issue, which I have, shows up now and then on eBay.
    Interesting. I heard Weilerstein perform the cycle two years ago, and was unimpressed. Maybe she has improved.

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    Here she is in 2016 with a sarabande


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    Oldhoosierdude , do you have "free" access to these Cello Suits on Amazon Prime. I too, am a Amazon Prime member. Thanks !

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElKhaiHeem View Post
    Oldhoosierdude , do you have "free" access to these Cello Suits on Amazon Prime. I too, am a Amazon Prime member. Thanks !
    Yes, certainly. There are quite a few.
    I don't live in the past,
    there's no future in it.

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    I have seen several different recordings of the Starker. Most popular is the Mercury Living Presence recording. However, I noticed that Sony has a recording that I've seen available for download. I've listened to both at the download site, but of course, that site is probably streaming an MP3 compressed file and so judging the quality of the downloads which are FLAC 16 is sketchy at best. The SONY seems like the mic placement is different, and sounds like it could be a little more open than the Mercury version. Have you listened to both? Do you know both. They are different recording sessions, the Mercury session some years earlier, I believe. But I'd be curious if you or others in the forum have compared these two different versions and what your thoughts are on them if you have.

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    Here is a comprehensive Starker discography :

    http://lee.classite.com/music/Starke...hy-starker.htm

    Which one is the Sony release. I suppose, it is the one, which was released in the first hand on RCA, but do not know for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    Recently I discovered Mischa Maisky's 2nd recording (DG)
    Also my favorite recording. That and Jaap Ter Linden. I listen to Maisky in the Spring and Summer; Jaap Ter Linden in the fall and winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BernhardRath View Post
    I Like the Isserlis and Queyras Bach;

    I made a modern video of the prelude of the first suite in an aircraft hangar in germany with a free and personal, hidden historical informed approach on a modern cello. I also recorded some Piatti there if you are interested.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgBgfLDZIiM

    Are we going the see/ hear more from you?

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