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A masterpiece masterly rendered
on 24 August 2015
Bach created incomparable masterpieces in his six suites for unaccompanied cello. Bach performed his cello suites within the frame work of the standard Baroque suite: four basic older dances - allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue - and galanderien, an optional group of newer, shorter, and more homo phonic dances usually in pairs - in the cello suites, pairs of minuets, bourrees, or gavottes which Bach inserted between the last two older dances. Additionally at the beginning of each suite there is a prelude.
The present Yo-YO Ma two disc remastered compilation is exquisitely rendered, warm, lush, and beautiful. You will treasure it in your collection. But is it the definitive rendition? The answer is that it cannot possibly be because the cello suites are flexible to player's interpretation. My personal recommendation for someone who would like to have more than one rendition would be Paul Tortelier's and going back in time Pablo Casals'.