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5.0 out of 5 stars Janos is best, 23 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Bach, J.S.: Suites for Solo Cello (Audio CD)
I have so many recordings of the cello suites by JS Bach that I have lost count. I played Janos Starker's account of the number 5 suite recently and was nearly speechless. He gives a full account of each suite. He is not just good in patches. Gendron is excellent in patches but he is unable to give a complete rendering. The Janos recordings made in the late 1960's are beyond compare. No collection is complete without Starker. If you do not believe me try the number 6 suite. WOW! Janos Starker makes the movements sing and sing. The more serious sections are never romantic or melodramatic but serious and full of contrast and subtlety. The CD is so cheap you simply must buy it if you are serious about the Bach cello suites.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2009 08:06:04 GMT
We must have different ideas about what is cheap!! £230 for a used copy is not what I call cheap.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2011 10:06:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2011 14:17:49 BDT
D. M. Ohara says:
Starker's 1992 recordings of the Bach suites made for RCA are now available very cheaply from Sony.
If not quite the equal of these incandescent Mercury performances made between 1963 and 1965, they still have a beautiful autumnal glow and are a worthy memorial to this great artist.

In their 1991 CD remasterings, the Mercury recordings were running almost a semitone sharp.
I gather this has been corrected in these more recent SACD remasterings, but sadly copies are now like hens teeth. At least for the time being .....
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