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One of the best ever recodings of the Suites,
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This review is from: Bach - Cello Suites (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 22 Dec 2014 14:15:43 GMT
Wisplewey is a representative of the so called historically informed performance movement. Comparing him to Rostropovich or Fournier seems pointless, unloess you go into the profound differences underlying their approach to playing Baroque music.
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