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Bach - Cello Suites Double CD

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At his death on 27 April 2007, barely a month after his 80th birthday, the great cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich was as well known as a defender of human and artistic freedom as for his musicianship.

In a lifetime of countless memorable performances, Rostropovich gave the premieres of Prokofiev's second Cello Concerto in 1952, Shostakovich's two Cello Concertos in ... Read more in Amazon's Mstislav Rostropovich Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00127ITJ4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,900 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prélude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Menuett I
6. Menuett II
7. Gigue
8. Prélude
9. Allemande
10. Courante
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Prélude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Menuett I
6. Menuett II
7. Gigue
8. Prélude
9. Allemande
10. Courante
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Micke on 2 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
When this set was released in the mid 90s my cellist friend who was -and still is- a great Slava devotee of course didn't doubt one second before he went to buy it, since it's simply the greatest music played by the greatest cellist. When I asked my friend after a week or so how it was, he frowned bitterly and said "Avoid it for Heaven's sake! Try Heinrich Schiff instead."

As it happened I just heard the Rostropovich set today for the first time, aware of the strong, unanimous ovations from Amazon's customers. After hearing a few bars my friend's reaction sprang to my mind -he was right. I heard a great musician in serious decline. Ok there is 'wisdom' and 'authority'. But I sense a painful lack of cantabile, dance and flow. And what about purity of tone and intonation? I couldn't believe my ears; try the Prelude from the 4th Suite for a sample. Scandalous!

I'd love to be able to overlook these shortcomings as being merely technical and superficial, but I can't. The music doesn't have some kind of varnish under which the 'essence' or 'heart' lies. The music IS its surface or, the surface, the technique and their beauty are inseparable parts of the music itself.

For Bach's Cello Suites I would recommend Janos Starker on Mercury. Among Rostropovich's recordings I would recommend Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata, Concertos by Shostakovich (don't miss Nr. 2!) and of course Dvorak and finally Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto (Sinfonia Concertante).

I know only one bad record by Miles Davis and it's Doo-Bop (one of his last if not the very last), one bad by Jascha Heifetz, namely Schubert's Fantasy and here we have Maestro Rostropovich's contribution to that category -based on what I've heard which indeed is from a limited not to say narrow horizon (at least in the case of Rostropovich).

If only he would have recorded the Suites some 15 years earlier!
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The Bach cello suites played by The Master are great value for money. I've played them again and again and each time he surprises me with the speed with which he begins the first suite. I've always heard it played a bit slower. But I got used to "Slava's" rendition and I began to like it his way. If you haven't got recordings of the Bach cello suites, you can't go wrong with this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sue Lawrence on 6 April 2013
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If you love Bach then Rostropovich is the best in my opinion. If you enjoy cello this is for you. 2 discs. Great for the car
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By florentine pogen on 14 Nov. 2010
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The other reviewer Micke must be listening to something else. For me, this is in my top ten of ALL recordings of all music I have ever heard! One of the greatest pieces by one of the greatest composers played by a true master.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Wright on 3 Jan. 2013
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We are spoiled for choice when it comes to recordings of Bach's unaccompanied Cello Suites. Mstislav Rostropovich was considered to be one of, if not, the greatest Cellist of all time.
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