Up to now there have been three must-have recordings of the Bach Cello Suites: Casals, Fournier and Tortelier. But now there is a fourth must-have recording, namely this one by young Jean-Guihen Queyras.
His playing is fresh and lively, with a joyful dancing quality in the faster movements and deep introspection in the slower ones. His tone is rich and gorgeous, resonantly recorded, but without excessive reverberation. He has a light touch, and not a trace of that ponderousness which can deaden this music in inferior hands. He has no distracting mannerisms but plenty of imagination, plenty of variety of tone and attack and phrasing. Tempi are generally brisk but not breathless.
If I have one small gripe, it is that very occasionally his sense of rhythmic firmness deserts him, so that a phrase, or a series of phrases, will be played without sufficient emphasis on the main beats. The result is that the music drifts momentarily into a sort of anchorless rhythmic haze, prompting the reaction 'where on earth am I??'.
The performances are full of joy, they are probing, and above all they are interesting-without-any-oddities. Whatever recordings you already have, even if you have the three must-haves I mention above, you should get this one too. The music, however well you already know it, will be joyfully refreshed and invigorated for you.