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