In the demanding field of Bach's music for cello solo this recording, I believe, is a unique gem. It offers pure intellectual and sensual pleasure on a number of levels. It is, to begin with, the product of an intense and profound study of Bach's musical and religious philosophy. It is also a revolutionary interpretation of Bach's music that is bound to shake the musical establishment. It is a personal expression of pure love for Bach's music - and it is catching. It is educational for those of us who will take the time to study the fascinating booklet. It is exquisite visual pleasure to look at Carolyn Steinbeck's amazingly beautiful design of the black-and-gold package, a gem in itself, and a tactile pleasure to hold the inner box with its intricate opening that offers aesthetic surprise and satisfaction when you take it out of the slipcase. Finally, and this of course is the primary level of aesthetic pleasure, it is music played with both absolute precision and great human warmth, which blend to grant us sublime pleasure. I have listened to Gavriel Lipkind's recording after Jacqueline Du Pre's and found it so much more moving. This is a unique gift for someone you love. Both as a first installment in an ambitious and promising series of recordings - Single Voice Polyphony - that Lipkind is planning, and as a recording in its own right, this is an item to treasure that should be in any music lover's collection. I should add that, in spite of what might seem, I am not at all an expert in the field, but just a lover of music, and of Bach in particular. What allows me such unauthorized conviction - and should, I hope, excuse my presumptiousness - is the powerful joy of listening to this recording.