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J. S. Bach: Suites for Cello, 1, 2 & 3; Pablo Casals
Talk about legendary! Pablo Casals's "discovery" of this music was not only one of the factors that catapulted him to fame as the world's finest cellist, it had a dramatic effect on the rediscovery of Bach as a composer. U... more »
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Talk about legendary! Pablo Casals's "discovery" of this music was not only one of the factors that catapulted him to fame as the world's finest cellist, it had a dramatic effect on the rediscovery of Bach as a composer. Until Casals proved otherwise, few believed that these unaccompanied solos could actually be performed as written; many composers and editors tried their hand at adding piano or harpsichord accompaniments, with ludicrous results to modern ears. By proving that Bach meant what he wrote, and by playing the music with such conviction and assurance, Casals really might be said to have ignited the process that led to the "authentic instrument" movement of today, the fundamental principle of which is respect for the composer's original text. Of course, it's another sign of his greatness that these performances have held their own against all comers since the 1930s. If you like Bach, the cello, or both, you must hear them. --David Hurwitz
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Robert K. (Gandalf) from DANVILLE, PA
Reviewed on 8/7/2006...
Bach from the master
Not just pretty music
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The gushing reviews of Casal's performance on this album are deserved, but I think there's an aspect of the recording they leave out: when I first listened to this recording, I had never heard such a pure, simple composition, and Casal's interpretation adds grace and nuance to Bach's beautifully sparse suites. This collection is more than just good music, it's proof of the ability of genius (Casal's and Bach's) to take simplicity and grace and create something beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone with even the slightest interest in classical music.And to anyone trying to decide, I would add as a footnote that I prefer this version the recording done by Mstislav Rostropovich. To my ears, Rostropovich's performance sounds a little too hurried and mechanical."
The best ever
Melanie M. Fedoryka | Virginia, USA | 04/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is really the best recording one could ever get of the Bach Suites! Casals' tone is fabulous! These suites are perfect for relaxing, studying, background music for parties, and tons of other things! DEFINATELY recommendable!"