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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.
Agree completely with this.

To be honest, I find Fournier pretty bland, although he does play beautifully.
The most musically satisfying of his recordings is the live from Tokio (1970es), even if he omits some of the repeats.
 

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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.
Zlotkin can be had from Amazon.de.
As to his repeats I think he overstates the point considerably.

And Dumas didn't do much for me either.
 

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Nominations have now concluded. A list is below:

Fournier: 1961 Archiv4
Wispelwey: 2012 Evil Penguin4
Wispelwey: 1998 Channel Records1
Bylsma: 1992 Sony3
Jian Wang: 2005 DG1
Maisky: 1985 DG1
Heinrich Schiff: 1985 EMI1
Queyras: 2007 Harmonia Mundi2
Butt: 2009 Warner1
Gendron: 1979 Philips2
Casals: 1936 EMI4
Starker: 1992 RCA3
Haimovitz: 2015 Pentatone3
Vardai: 2017 Brilliant2
Coppey: 2004 Aeon1
Rostropovich: 1991 EMI3
Ma: 1983 CBS2
Carr: 2013 Wigmore Hall Live1
Badiarov: 2010 Ramée1
Kuijken: 2004 Arcana1
Brunello: 1995 Amadeus1
Luckert: 2017 DSP1
Mercury: 1990 Living Presence1
Domenga: 2017 ECM New Series1
Bagratuni: 2005 Blue Griffin1
Mork: 2005 Virgin1
Kirshbaum: 1994 Virgin1
Geringas: 2011 Es-dur1
Gastinel: 2007 Naive1
Ma: 2018 Sony1
Isserlis: 2007 Hyperion2
ter Linden: 2006 Brilliant1
Zlotkin: 1997 Parnassus1
Dumas: 2018 Urania1
 

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Nominations have now concluded. A list is below:

Fournier: 1961 Archiv4
Wispelwey: 2012 Evil Penguin4
Wispelwey: 1998 Channel Records1
Bylsma: 1992 Sony3
Jian Wang: 2005 DG1
Maisky: 1985 DG1
Heinrich Schiff: 1985 EMI1
Queyras: 2007 Harmonia Mundi2
Butt: 2009 Warner1
Gendron: 1979 Philips2
Casals: 1936 EMI4
Starker: 1992 RCA3
Haimovitz: 2015 Pentatone3
Vardai: 2017 Brilliant2
Coppey: 2004 Aeon1
Rostropovich: 1991 EMI3
Ma: 1983 CBS2
Carr: 2013 Wigmore Hall Live1
Badiarov: 2010 Ramée1
Kuijken: 2004 Arcana1
Brunello: 1995 Amadeus1
Luckert: 2017 DSP1
Mercury: 1990 Living Presence1
Domenga: 2017 ECM New Series1
Bagratuni: 2005 Blue Griffin1
Mork: 2005 Virgin1
Kirshbaum: 1994 Virgin1
Geringas: 2011 Es-dur1
Gastinel: 2007 Naive1
Ma: 2018 Sony1
Isserlis: 2007 Hyperion2
ter Linden: 2006 Brilliant1
Zlotkin: 1997 Parnassus1
Dumas: 2018 Urania1
Note: Wieland Kuijken, not Sigiswald Kuijken.
 
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