If you like your Bach transformed into elevator muzac, then this is the disc for you. I find it bland and boring, and ever so dull. Bach's music famously transcribes well to almost anything ... but alas not here. Here it seems heavy, banal and trifling ... lacking its usual complexity and any subtlety of expression.
Most of the works presented here have been transcribed from the Partitas for Solo Violin, or from the Suites for Solo Cello. One would be much better off sticking to the originals with superb SACD recordings such as:
Bach: Cello Suites - Gavriel Lipkind
Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello - Janos Starker
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas - Julia Fischer
One might perhaps be inclined to suggest that the disc is unsuccessful because both the violin and cello are better equipped to play counterpoint - in the sense of being able to play (and sustain) one part, while others are free to move. Perhaps. And yet, I have many other conversions of these same suites to lute / guitar which work far more successfully than they do on this disc. Indeed, if one seeks a guitar version on SACD, then the 1977 recording by Eliot Fisk (a student of Segovia) is incomparably better, both in sonics and performance. Fisk is lively, entertaining, and far from dull (and even then, Fisk is still far from being a favourite disc of mine).
SUMMARY of GULYAS SACD:
* Performance: I found this bored me. Ornamentation is trite. The disc rapidly induces fatigue, despite otherwise competent playing.
* Sonics: average. The sonics are too reverberant for my taste ... but of more concern to me as an SACD ... is that it doesn't sound hi-res to my ears. It sounds like a digital CD. It sounds harsh. I don't find the sound pleasant, or indeed natural. The SACD may be better than the CD layer - but it is still not appealing. Not for my keep pile.
Sonics: 2.5 (reviewed in stereo)
Box: old-fashioned CD casing
Recording resolution: unstated