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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathes light and air into a masterpiece
If you think that the Fournier version of these masterpieces is the all time standard then you will not like this interpretation, but if you think that the Fournier is heavy, intellectual, and bordering on the grave and ponderous, then you should try this interpretation. Here Wispelwey breathes in great light and air into the spacious architectural structure of Bach,...
Published on 29 Aug 2008 by Marcolorenzo

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1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor performance
One of the most disappointing performances of this music that I have ever heard. The eccentric rhythms, and peculiar phrasing, mean that there is no pleasure at all in listening to this CD.
Published on 29 Dec 2000 by steven@fennell1000.freeserve.co.uk


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathes light and air into a masterpiece, 29 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Bach - Cello Suites (Audio CD)
If you think that the Fournier version of these masterpieces is the all time standard then you will not like this interpretation, but if you think that the Fournier is heavy, intellectual, and bordering on the grave and ponderous, then you should try this interpretation. Here Wispelwey breathes in great light and air into the spacious architectural structure of Bach, creating great spaciousness and delicacy of feeling. He concentrates on the melodic line at the expense of the harmonic structure often, but this is very refreshing and graceful. He seems to understand the melodic singing quality of these works and concentrates on this aspect instead of as in the Fournier version concentrating on the architectural and the structural. This interpretation may even get you singing these pieces, which you may never have before heard so melodically or so freshly played. Night and day between this version (day) and the Fournier version (night). Bach: 6 Cello Suites BWV 1007, 1008, 1009, 1010, 1011 & 1012
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only performer for Bach Cello Suites, 1 Aug 2003
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Pieter Wispelwey's interpretation of the Bach cello suites is a breath of fresh air stylistically, matched by a flawless technique. An outstanding performance of these over-recorded suites.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever recodings of the Suites, 21 Jun 2012
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Bach's Six Suites for Solo Cello are among the greatest works for the instrument; they represent a peak that every cellist feels the need to tackle. Pieter Wispelwey has played them on a number of occasions and has also made two magnificent recordings. Technically perfect, precise yet passionate, warm, colorful.

I listened to him in 2011 live and was able to find a seat very close, it almost felt like a private performance. Perfect! Just a few meters from the soloist. One heck of a concert to remember for life.

I have had these CDs of his second recordings for some time, and they are always a joy to listen, on par, or almost so, with those recorded by Rostropovich and Fournier, neither of whom however I ever had a chance to listen to live.

I am tempted to buy his first recordings now. It feels like I have to, just as I have both recordings of Beethoven's Goldberg Variations by Glenn Gould: some artists evolve considerably over time and can perform the same piece in two very very different ways as they grow.

Apparently Wispelwey intends to do a third recording some time soon... Looking forward!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathes in light and air. Melodically refined and graceful, 18 Aug 2008
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If you think that the Fournier version of these masterpieces is the all time standard then you will not like this interpretation, but if you think that the Fournier is heavy, intellectual, and bordering on the grave and ponderous, then you should try this interpretation. Here Wespelway breathes in great light and air into the spacious architectural structure of Bach, creating great spaciousness and delicacy of feeling. He concentrates on the melodic line at the expense of the harmonic structure often, but this is very refreshing and graceful. He seems to understand the melodic singing quality of these works and concentrates on this aspect instead of as in the Fournier version concentrating on the architectural and structural. This interpretation may even get you singing these pieces, which you may never have before heard so melodically or so freshly played. Night and day between this version (day) and the Fournier version (night).
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9 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor performance, 29 Dec 2000
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One of the most disappointing performances of this music that I have ever heard. The eccentric rhythms, and peculiar phrasing, mean that there is no pleasure at all in listening to this CD.
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