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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    If you want a good but cheap download try this one. $5.99 on Amazon or Google Play. I don't know what's up with this recording. There are no reviews to be found. The user reviews on Amazon are for another artist. All i could find out is that its a 2009 release. I think it is good playing all around. I haven't purchased it, but i am enjoying it on the spotify. Cellist is Klaus-Peter Hahn. (Another fake credit guy?)
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    Klaus-Peter Hahn (1944-2003) was a real existing cellist and conductor.
    Among others he was for some time a member of the Stuttgarter Klaviertrio.
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    I own two sets, Henri Honegger of LP and Lynn Harrell on CD. While I enjoy both, Harrell is my hands-down favorite. Sadly, I wore out disk 2, which now mistracks to the point that it is now unlistenable. For what it's worth, in days long past I routinely butchered several of the sonatas on euphonium. (To my dubious credit, I played from actual cello parts rather than brass transcriptions. No, I didn't attempt to play 'em in public. Even I had enough sense to avoid that embarrassment.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToneDeaf&Senile View Post
    I own two sets, Henri Honegger of LP and Lynn Harrell on CD. While I enjoy both, Harrell is my hands-down favorite. Sadly, I wore out disk 2, which now mistracks to the point that it is now unlistenable. For what it's worth, in days long past I routinely butchered several of the sonatas on euphonium. (To my dubious credit, I played from actual cello parts rather than brass transcriptions. No, I didn't attempt to play 'em in public. Even I had enough sense to avoid that embarrassment.)
    I continue to butcher them on clarinet. What I find remarkable is that I can do so over and over again and the music, itself, remains beautiful.

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    I have a ridiculous number of recordings of the Bach suites - if forced to narrow it down to a reasonable number, I'd keep Queyras, Geringas (his third recording), Wispelwey's second one, Bylsma's first, Heinrich Schiff, Pergamenschikow, Bagratuni, and Kirshbaum.

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    Tried this one and liked it. Pay attention to the 5th suite Sarabande where she has the audacity to pluck! How dare she impose her female wiles on the sacred suites! It's cool and creative. Loved it.

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    Maisky is the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjwright View Post
    Maisky is the best.
    Which recording?

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    I've just been listening to Wispelway 3, in 1012. There's a moment in the allemande, a couple of minutes before the end, which is unbelievably rapt.
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    vardai.jpeg I heard this one recently. Another good one!



    And I heard this one.

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    I know some people don't like the period instrument thing. I have no opinion on it. However this cello sounds really great. And the dude can play it.

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    I recently heard the new set by Demenga on ECM. I was prepared to love it, as in my book ECM can do no wrong. Until this. My opinion here, and only that: I thought the performance was very safe to uninspired, and there were some distracting intonation issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omicron9 View Post
    I recently heard the new set by Demenga on ECM. I was prepared to love it, as in my book ECM can do no wrong. Until this. My opinion here, and only that: I thought the performance was very safe to uninspired, and there were some distracting intonation issues.
    Interesting. That isn't how I hear this set, which I think has an improvisatory, even conversational quality. I didn't notice any significant intonation issues (Demenga plays without much vibrato), and I love the sound of his cello.

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    I'm very curious to know whether anyone enjoys the recording by Sadao Udagawa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    I'm very curious to know whether anyone enjoys the recording by Sadao Udagawa.
    Yecch. I listened to a bit on Spotify. I could barely make it through the Prelude to Suite #2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    Interesting. That isn't how I hear this set, which I think has an improvisatory, even conversational quality. I didn't notice any significant intonation issues (Demenga plays without much vibrato), and I love the sound of his cello.
    That's cool; the recording quality is the usual ECM excellence. The intonation issues I hear are in his double-stops. Not all, but enough to be distracting and turn me off from this version. There are other versions I greatly prefer over his, even if the intonation wasn't an issue. E.g., Starker (Mercury Living Presence), Wispelway (3rd cycle), Bylsma. Just personal preferences; not a Grand Declaration of Greatness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omicron9 View Post
    That's cool; the recording quality is the usual ECM excellence. The intonation issues I hear are in his double-stops. Not all, but enough to be distracting and turn me off from this version. There are other versions I greatly prefer over his, even if the intonation wasn't an issue. E.g., Starker (Mercury Living Presence), Wispelway (3rd cycle), Bylsma. Just personal preferences; not a Grand Declaration of Greatness.
    Well, two out of three ain't bad . I feel about Starker as you do about Demenga - great sonics, dull performance. Love Bylsma I and Wispelwey (both 2 & 3).

    BTW, Alisa Weilerstein is playing all six here in Boston next year.
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