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Although I'm not particulary fond of Casal's idiosyncratic recordings of these addictive cello music, I completely agree with him saying that 'Bach cannot write a note, as insignificant it may seem, without this note being transcendental'.
And here by the hands of Sergi Istomin, he polishes this diamond from a unique perspective. His tempi are somewhat slower than those of his collegues. For example, his cello sings for 4 minutes and 20 seconds in No.2 Prelude; conversely Grendon(1964) 3:33; Kirshbaum(1993) 3:39; Fournier(1961) 3:26; Schiff(1984) just 3 minutes; and Bylsma(1979) 3:08.
But you'll be surprised at his interesting phrasing here and there, which are again convincing… Read more