Classical Music Forum banner
1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,986 Posts
This is stage one of the eigth game in the "Favorite Recordings Of..." project. The goal here is to nominate recordings for Bach's Cello Suites. Separate participants may nominate the same recording several times, but the same person may not.

Nominations end after 7 days, or 1 day of inactivity. and we will vote on all works nominated. You may nominate up to 5 works, but you may only post nominations once. Note that we have made some changes to the overall system, you can see a summary here. Please include the name of the cellist, label, and year(if applicable). Example:

Fournier: 1961 Archiv
Sorry, but I guess that I'm still not quite clear about the nomination rules. Is every nominee included in the voting round, or just the ones with the most nominations?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,986 Posts
Different tastes. The first three on that list, I find uninteresting. Yes it's practically sacrilege to say that about one of those artists.
Maybe so, but I agree with you about Starker and Rostropovich - when the time comes to cull my collection of Bach cello suites, they will be the first to go. I've never understood the admiration for Starker's Mercury set; his later recordings on Sefel and RCA, while not ideal, are more interesting.. I still love the Casals set, even if I recognize that many others have played them better since.
Fournier recorded a number of times. I do like the one from the early 60's.
To be honest, I find Fournier pretty bland, although he does play beautifully.

I have a number of Suites recordings. All of Ma's are worthy as is Gendron and Queyras. Plus several others.
There are dozens of worthy recordings of the suites, many of them virtually unknown because the field is so dominated by big name cellists who have recorded them for so-called "major" labels.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,986 Posts
Quite true. I had to make myself stop collecting them. Got rid of a few

And if you want a real change of pace:
Zlotkin and Dumas.
I can't help myself. At least now, I listen via Spotify before deciding whether to buy yet another set.

I didn't much care for Dumas, but it's a shame that Zlotkin's set isn't more widely available - it's the only one I know that so ornaments the repeats.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top