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    Anyone heard the recent David Watkin release? I'm not convinced by the clips I've found on Youtube, but it's received glowing reviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blancrocher View Post
    Anyone heard the recent David Watkin release? I'm not convinced by the clips I've found on Youtube, but it's received glowing reviews.
    I have not heard his suites, but his palying in Vivaldi's cello sonatas is stunning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blancrocher View Post
    Anyone heard the recent David Watkin release? I'm not convinced by the clips I've found on Youtube, but it's received glowing reviews.
    Do you like Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau? You know, that singer who worked on each syllable of a song to give it a meaningful nuance. If you do, you may enjoy Watkin's style in the last three suites. Someone less kind than me would say he milks the music. I can't remember anything about the first three, except that 2 left me really disappointed, but it could have been me.
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    Jean-Guihen Queyras is my current favourite. There are many other excellent recordings, of course. Of the "classics", I remain in awe of Paul Tortelier's EMI set, which was the first one I ever owned... on revient toujour à ses premières amours!
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    I have Mstislav Rostropovich (newer EMI), Janos Starker, Alexander Kniazev, and Gavriel Lipkind. The latter two are my favorites.




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    Anybody out there who also likes Isserlis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by satoru View Post
    Anybody out there who also likes Isserlis?

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    More so in the accompanied sonatas than in the solo suites.

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    Very much enjoying these transcriptions, possibly the best transcriptions of Bach I have ever heard

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    Heinrich Schiff

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    I have a ton of recordings of the Cello Suites but I've always agreed with reviewer Jed Distler on when it comes to this one. No one does the dances like Schiff.

    "Bach’s cello suites abound in superlative recordings, from Casals’ still potent pioneering set (Naxos) to riveting cycles from Boris Pergamenschikov (Hänssler) and Torleif Thedéen (BIS) released on the cusp of the millennium. In between are classic versions by Pierre Fournier (DG), Paul Tortelier (EMI), Mstislav Rostropovich (EMI), Andre Navarra (Calliope), Anner Bylsma (his Sony remake), Ralph Kirshbaum (Virgin), and multiple Janos Starker editions. I keep these in my library as an oenophile cultivates a choice collection of fine wines. When I want to break out the vintage port, figuratively speaking, I reach for Heinrich Schiff’s arrestingly individual, musically profound, and sonically sumptuous 1985 EMI traversals.


    You notice his sound first. It’s a rich tone through and through: not always pretty, granted, but incredibly focused, be it in the Sixth Suite’s stratospheric tessitura or in bass lines that alternately jab and sustain. While some cellists like to linger over the Preludes, Schiff instead gets down to business, sculpting the harmonic groupings in the manner of a keyboard player. Schiff’s rhythmic vitality and pinpointed accents bring all the dance movements to joyful life. The melodies always bend, curve, and surge over the bar line, avoiding predictable patterns of accentuation. With all that, the listener never loses the beat or, more accurately, the pulse of life. Ornaments are present, but don’t draw attention to themselves.



    Originally issued at full-price and quickly deleted, EMI resurrects this unjustly buried treasure for its Double Forte series. It’s like getting a bottle of Dom Perignon for the price of Sangria. Even if you already have one or two Bach Cello Suite cycles in your larder, this one is special. Really special."

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    The first recording by Starker; early '60s I believe? On Mercury Living Presence. My personal all-round fave.
    Anner Byslma on Sony
    Wispelwey (2012 recording; 3-disc box, Evil Penguin label I think)

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    Interesting thread and quite a few recordings I had not heard of before which I shall investigate.
    I've heard most of the standard recommendations, I think - Starker, Casals, Rostropovich, Tortelier, Ma .... etc ...
    All of them very acceptable in their own ways.

    But for some reason I keep coming back to Csaba Onczay on Naxos. I'd plead exceptions on some movements, but overall he just nails the pieces for me. It's like coming home and just being comfortable. It's the pacing as much as anything else, it just sounds right for me most of the time.


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    I only have two recordings - Maurice Gendron, acquired 30 years ago, and Janos Starker (on EMI), picked up second hand last year. I'm not sure I prefer one over the other.


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    I like the first Yo-Yo Ma recording. Bouncy and technically perfect.

    Also the set by Jean-Guihen Queyras is marvelous!

    For a HIP version, consider Ophélie Gaillard.

    Happy listening!
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