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Bach - Complete Suites for Solo Cello (Single Voice Polyphony I) [Hybrid SACD, Box set, Special Edition]

Gavriel Lipkind Audio CD
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  • Composer: Gavriel Lipkind
  • Audio CD (13 Nov 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Box set, Special Edition
  • Label: Berlin Classics / Lipkind Productions
  • ASIN: B000ICM2Q0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,278 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universe of the senses 20 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Gavriel Lipkind plunges the listener into a powerful universe of the senses. His new release is not just another recording of the Bach solo suites for cello, it is a world of its own, as well as the first in the series of the Single Voice Polyphony set he is planning. Visually seductive the smooth shinny sleeve slides off to reveal a sober black leather-like holder full of treasures to be discovered. The fingers are tickled by the braille patterns on the front and the mysterious raised symbol on the back, while a pleasant smell seems to be floating from your hands. The mind is sparked wondering whether something inside will reveal the meaning of these drawings...then finally you remember the reason you actually are holding this (SA)-CD: You sit back and listen.

Lipkind has created a very personal atmosphere yet he shows great sincerity, sensitivity and devotion to the composer transcending another mundane interpretation. He is redefining the boundaries of style and interpretation reaching towards the essence of Bach in a combination and harmonious blend of technical ease, contemporary influences, research and sensitivity for baroque performance practices. This recording is a unique and essential contribution to the world of our dear Bach suites for violoncello senza basso. An absolute must for music lovers and professionals alike!
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant work! 22 May 2007
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An outstanding work! A truly amazing performance of an impeccable technique and artistry and a unique interpretation of J.S.Bach's suites for violoncello solo. Undoubtedly a must in every music lover's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Different and Interesting 6 Jan 2009
By Joseph L. Ponessa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have never found the ideal recording of the Bach cello suites. Something has eluded me, and I ordered this set hoping to find that something. I didn't find it, but I found something else: a very unique presentation.
Gavriel Lipkind has re-bowed all six cello suites, in such a way that they are more user-friendly for the soloist. I mean that every single phrase has been rethought, from the beginning of the first suite to the end of the sixth. A note that might have belonged to the end of one phrase now belongs to the beginning of another, or vice-versa. One listens and recognizes a familiar phrase hiding underneath the Lipkind interpretation, and it becomes a game of hide-and-go-seek. The experience reminds me of an episode from the Dickens novel Nicholas Nickleby. A certain Mr Curdle, an amateur Shakespeare scholar, had proven to his own satisfaction 'that by altering the received mode of punctuation ... any of Shakespeare's plays could be made quite different, and the sense completely changed.' So, the question is, does Mr Lipkind reveal Bach or obscure him? By the fourth or fifth suite Bach seems pretty submerged. Maybe the rephrasing becomes more radical there, or maybe the listener simply tires of trying to hang onto the familiar. Anyway, the 1702 Garani cello has a very pleasant resonance and the SACD recording technology does not dampen or darken the instrument. So the music is well worth experiencing, and the disc worth having. This is not the definitive rendition, but surely that was not the artist's intention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventurous Journey 16 May 2007
By O. L. Bannink - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The moment of taking the box from its cover marks the beginning of an embarkation upon an adventurous journey into Gavriel Lipkind's world of Bach's Suites for Cello Solo. Opening the exquisite black leather(-like) box, with gold imprinted and braille text enriched, reveals 3 sections containing a map of the journey, the sacds, and the informational booklet describing his unorthodox interpretation in detail.

Lipkind's unsurprising, at least after hearing his Miniatures cd, technical prowess enables him to perfectly translate his interpretational ideas into music. His very personal style is an interesting mix of contemporary and authentical baroque performance practices, resulting in a distinctly pleasurable yet intriguing listening experience.

The recordings, as well as the design, will satisfy everyone from the casual listener to the most critical professional. A must have!
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to treasure 14 May 2007
By A. Kissin Shechter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this recording... 15 Jan 2012
By Kenneth J. Luurs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have a shelf of recordings of these Suites. I am not looking for more - but after reading a few reviews, I decided perhaps we would try one more. I'm glad I did. I'm not sure this is the only recording I would like to have - but it is one that I would not want to live without.

I won't try and repeat what everyone else has said - but I will add that the recorded quality of the performances is also stellar - an immediacy and beauty that one will enjoy.

I have played this for a number of friends - and the reaction has been universally positive - the musical ideas, the beautiful tone of the instrument, the recording - it all comes together. This performance/recording is a prize addition to the collection.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant work! 24 July 2007
By Brunstein Irina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An outstanding work! A truly amazing performance of an impeccable technique and artistry and a unique interpretation of J.S.Bach's suites for violoncello solo. Not only is the music wonderful and special, but also the astonishing design of the CDs as well as the explanatory brochure (which is deeper and more serious than the usual CD booklet). Undoubtedly a must in every music lover's collection.
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