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    Quote Originally Posted by thehadi View Post
    And here is my list:

    Steven Isserlis
    Mstislav Rostropovich
    Pierre Fournier
    Pablo Casals
    Jean-Guihen Queyras
    Well, except for the dubious qualifications of Isserlis, your list is not at all uncommon for folks who take Bach's music seriously. I don't take the cello suites all that seriously, and Schiff agrees with me. Well, he never heard of me or my opinion - but if he had... he would agree with me.

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    What do you think of Colin Carr playing Bach suite 1? He is my favourite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia H View Post
    What do you think of Colin Carr playing Bach suite 1? He is my favourite.
    Never heard the name before, see if they are on You Tube.
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    Didn't hesitate! Steven Isserlis. Have his recording and they are beautiful with the rich texture and sound which is typical of Steven!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patricia H View Post
    What do you think of Colin Carr playing Bach suite 1? He is my favourite.
    There are too many outstanding recordings of the cello suites. One can't have one favorite only.

    But Colin Carr is one of my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kv466 View Post
    I like Casals and Rostropovich
    Me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judith View Post
    Didn't hesitate! Steven Isserlis. Have his recording and they are beautiful with the rich texture and sound which is typical of Steven!
    I found Isserlis' recording of the suites interpretively rather faceless and disappointing, but I love his recent Beethoven set with Robert Levin.

    For the Bach, I have too many to count, but the desert island picks (at least today) would be Queyras, Geringas' third recording, Wispelwey's 2nd or 3rd, Schiff, and Bagratuni. I plan to have a very large desert island....

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    I have close to 20 performances of the six Bach Cello Suites, HIP non-HIP and everything in-between.

    I always come Bach to Yo Yo Ma's first recording, as the most musically satisfying. It was the first recording of this incredible music I ever purchased. I should have stopped right there!
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    I tend to prefer HIP performances. My favorite comes from Paolo Beschi on Winter & Winter - sharp and piercing. If you don't care for HIP, you'll really hate this set.

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    Fournier is good.

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    Pieter Wispelwey. I am particularly fond of his last recording but any of his three, or is it four(!), recordings of the cello suites are great. I do have them all, and was lucky enough to hear him perform them all live in Alice Tully Hall in NYC a few years ago. After the first suite I cheated and moved from the back to the first row (the seats were all the same price, anyway), sat directly in front of his cello. Talk about nearfield listening! Glorius!

    https://www.amazon.com/Bach-6-Suites.../dp/B008TUDI2A

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    Quote Originally Posted by haziz View Post
    Pieter Wispelwey. I am particularly fond of his last recording but any of his three,or is it four(!), recordings of the cello suites are great. I do have them all, and was lucky enough to hear him perform them all live in Alice Tully Hall in NYC a few years ago. After the first suite I cheated and moved from the back to the first row (the seats were all the same price, anyway), sat directly in front of his cello. Talk about nearfield listening! Glorius!

    https://www.amazon.com/Bach-6-Suites.../dp/B008TUDI2A
    I do believe it's three times, one was repacked at some point.

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    I really like Starker (breathtaking recording quality) and Fournier (warmer sound, better for extended periods of listening). Both have different, but very involving phrasing.

    I didn’t like Rostropovich’s EMI recording too much, it’s too “cold”, somehow.

    Sorry, but I really really don’t get Casals. To me, he just sounds like he’s stumbling all over the place. And I’m a big fan of historical recordings.

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    These are set of very perceptive reviews. I'm in complete agreement with his or her negative view of the Rostropovich recording.

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