Absolutely superb, the recording is detailed and the playing is a revelation, my favourite of all interpretations. The accompanying dvd in English and booklet (in English, French and German in my copy) provides some great insight into possible interpretation and some technical info for people who are interested. The presentation box set is beautifully printed with a matt platinum ink on box and sleeves, giving a quality photo finish The cover photo reminds me of the portrait of Francis Bacon taken by Bill Brandt. There are some other great performances out there but this almost breaks my heart.
This was a joy to listen to - and the accompanying DVD was excellent by way of explanation. I shall want to listen to it over and over again. It made me want to get Pieter Wispelwey's earlier recodings to compare them and also to compare this new recording with the other recordings that I have of these wonderful suites too (Isserlis, Casals, Rostropovich) - when I have time!
The low pitch  takes a while to get used to for somebody used to attempting them at 440, but once you're involved you are stunned by the virtuosity, sensitivity and individuality of these performances. Some [amateur cellists especially] will be taken aback by the speed of some preludes and courantes and yet in Wispelwey's hands they are entirely convincing. Should you prefer a more relaxed but equally valid approach, try Jaap ter Linden or Richard Tunnicliffe.
This recording surely redefines the way these suites will be played in the future. The dvd shines a light on Bach's genius, character and the research that went into the suites. Most of all these suites are bold, they dance and sing and they lament. Deeply human yet divine. Surely a desert island disc... it will not be surpassed any time soon, don't miss it!
It is interesting and beautiful to hear the Baroque cello (lower tuning) in this recording. The additional documentary that comes with the recorded music brings it all alive, and with some fun, in Oxford amongst other musicians and Bach scholars.