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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    All good performances. In my opinion Yo-Yo Ma's 1983 recording is much better than his 1997 effort (less mechanical, more organic, if you can apply those terms to music). The 1997 recording also has a confusing title: The Cello Suites Inspired by Bach that gives the erroneous impression that these are creative interpretations of the suites, and not the suites themselves. This was, I believe, a marketing ploy by Sony, as they packaged a six part film series to go with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    Very good choices, I would add Ma's second set also.

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    I love the Starker on RCA. It has a feel that the others don't.

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

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    Cello suites 1,4,6 (Gendron, Philips)
    Cello suites 2,3,5 (Gendron, Philips)
    Cello suites (Yo Yo Ma, Sony, CD 1/2)
    Cello suites (Yo Yo Ma, Sony, CD 2/2)
    Cello suites - inspired by Bach (Yo Yo Ma, Sony, CD 1/2)
    Cello suites - inspired by Bach (Yo Yo Ma, Sony, CD 2/2)
    Cello suites on viola (Rysanov, BIS, CD 1/2)
    Cello suites on viola (Rysanov, BIS, CD 2/2)
    Cello suites on guitar (Yamashita, Nippon Crown, CD 1/2)
    Cello suites on guitar (Yamashita, Nippon Crown, CD 2/2)
    Cello suites 1,2,3 on double bass (Meyer, Sony)
    Cello suites, violin sonata on guitar (Soellscher, DG)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    I love the Starker on RCA. It has a feel that the others don't.
    That's my favorite set too.
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    Just ordered it now. Influenced by this thread lol. Mine is performed by Steven Isserlis. Looking forward to it!!

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    I know Starker made two recordings of the Bach cello suites,RCA and Mercury,.Wich one of the the two is the one to go for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traverso View Post
    I know Starker made two recordings of the Bach cello suites,RCA and Mercury,.Wich one of the the two is the one to go for.
    I was referring to Starker's RCA set.

    I've never heard his Mercury recordings -- so I can't comment on those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterF View Post
    I lean toward the version by Janos Starker.
    Which one?......
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    I have a dozen or so recordings of the cello suites. These are my "go to" recordings most of the time:



    The Starker recordings are from1963 and 1992 (I believe... the 5th recording nevertheless). The Rostropovich is a live recording on the Russian lable, Supraphon, which I find stronger than the well-known studio version. My favorite of all is Fournier which I feel has the best balance between a fluid dance element and the darker or more stark emotive quality that Starker (1992... probably my second favorite) is best at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traverso View Post
    I know Starker made two recordings of the Bach cello suites,RCA and Mercury,.Wich one of the the two is the one to go for.
    Actually, Starker recorded the suites 5 times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StlukesguildOhio View Post
    Actually, Starker recorded the suites 5 times.
    Four and 2/3 times to be exact.

    The first recording (Saga LP) was incomplete, containing only Suites 1, 3, 4 and 6.
    Last edited by premont; Oct-19-2016 at 16:52.

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    I have Starker (Mercury), Ma (1st cycle), Fournier and Bylsma (a Sony budget reissue without much information as to which of his two sets). I also have lute transcriptions of all of them

    When I was a student at Harvard, a friend stopped by my dorm room and dragged me to the Dunster House library. There we joined a small group of students sitting on the floor listening to Yo Yo Ma playing them.

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