Bach Cello Suites


#1

Can anyone recommend a particularly good recording of Bach’s Cello Suites? So far in my reading Isserlis and Rostropovich’s names keep coming up, but it’s such a popular thing to record that there are lots of others to choose from and I’m lost. Of my other Cello based recordings I’m a big fan of Jacqueline Du Pre is that’s any help. Thanks


#2

János Starker recorded them five times and each set is excellent. The fifth set however is astounding.


#3

Could you offer a more detail on the exact recording? I see one of his on HDTracks and I’d like to be sure. Thanks for taking the time to offer your take.


#4

Here it is: click

The sound is wonderfully warm and full as well.


#5

Many thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you!


#6

recently I’ve been listening to these:

On EPR
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On EMI/Warner:
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On Sony, Ma’s second recording of the six suites (he recently recorded them again)
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#7

also worth checkin’ out…

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#8

I really appreciate all the choices. Thank to all for the suggestions


#9

For me this is the one!


#10

I have that Fournier set on vinyl. It was a landmark recording, not least for the audio quality.
This should be read for historical perspective, and then listened to:
https://www.ft.com/content/9ad9220c-7b81-11dc-8c53-0000779fd2ac

Casals made the cello suites well known by performing them at the Wigmore Hall. The last set I heard performed there was by Stephen Isserlis, which was remarkable, but I don’t have his recording and I think his recording was on another cello, he now has a Stradivarius borrowed from the Royal College of Music.

We have tickets for Jean-Guihen Queyras playing the cello suites next April, as part of a dance programme by Anne Teresa de Keersmaker. Can’t wait.

https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/anne-teresa-de-keersmaeker-jean-guihen-queyras-and-rosas-mitten-wir-im-leben-sind-bach6cellosuiten/

Bach, J.S.: Cello Suites


#11

I like Gendron on Phillips,


#12

I very much prefer the 1963-65 recordings of Janos Starker to everything else (not knowing his other versions).

I have the below pictured SACD version which unfortunately is vastly inferior sounding to the below pictured vinyl box set, so try to get another one if you need digital.


#13

This is my absolute favorite…not quite HIFI, not perfect in mechanics, BUT the energy is adictive. I have Gendron, starker, YoYoMa, they are all “better” sounding but the energy of the Casal is incontrovertible


#14

If anyone wants to buy this set in heavy vinyl, mint, let me know

https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/14235/Janos_Starker-Bach_6_Cello_Suites-Vinyl_Box_Sets

Also I will just add…I think the Gendron is the most technically executed, but again the Casal has the most energy of what Ive heard


#15

Yeah now the even better 45RPM with an even better mastering are coming, but I’ll keep those anyway as sometimes I just want to play without flipping sides too often :wink:


#16

This one is on Tidal and sounds pretty dang good.

Bach: Complete Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

by [Quirine Viersen] 36 Tracks — 2:10:33

Release date11/16/2018

Also check out Gendron on the phillips Label


#17

This would definitely be the one for my desert island collection!!! If I can take two… what would be the second one?