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Virtuosi Of The Bow - Bach: 6 Cello Suites / Casals
Pablo Casals, Blas Net, Otto Schulhof
Virtuosi Of The Bow - Bach: 6 Cello Suites / Casals
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (30) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (25) - Disc #2

Casals's classic rendition of the Bach suites have been available in every conceivable format since the 1930s but never before in such truthful sound. Transfer engineer Seth Winner brilliantly captures the cellist's rounde...  more »

      
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Casals's classic rendition of the Bach suites have been available in every conceivable format since the 1930s but never before in such truthful sound. Transfer engineer Seth Winner brilliantly captures the cellist's rounded tone in all its glory--compare the amusical nasality of EMI's reissue of the suites. Pearl's retention of surface noise may annoy, but it's necessary to preserve overtones. A delightful bonus is 20-plus minutes of Casals' Bach transcriptions. The deeply heartfelt performances are big-boned and romantic in style, capable of moving listeners as today's light-footed period performances cannot. They dance, but with a tread heavier than we've become accustomed to, so newcomers may need to adjust. Believe me, the effort's worth it. Stylistic niceties are irrelevant in the face of such golden-toned intensity. --Dan Davis
 

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Important historical document, but for Bach look elsewhere
Gerardo Cabrera Munoz | México | 12/06/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"No doubt we have to thank Casals for resurrecting the solo Cello Suites in the XXth Century, but we have come a long way in understanding Bach and the XVIII Century since the 1930's. I would recommend everyone Pieter Wispelwey exciting new recording in Channel Classics as a first choice, but there is also Anner Bylsma in SONY and Jaap ter Linden in Harmonia Mundi, all these cellist can take you to Bach's sound world, and will show you why Bach is SO important."
The disk opens a window on a great performer and man
Frank T. Manheim | Fairfax VA | 08/28/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Pablo Casals was a noted cellist of the middle 20th Century, made more famous by his refusal to return to his native Spain while the Franco regime and its inheritors were in power. This disk is important because it opens a window for many who never heard Casals. He has an obvious reverence for music of Johann Sebastian Bach in particular. I never found Casals' cello style equal to his impressive personality in terms of musical excitement - though the limits of recording of his time affect perceptions of his playing today. I highly respect his ethics, and his unaffected approach to music. How many cellists today (besides Yo Yo Ma) feel they can afford to play other than technically demanding works? Casals, as we note, had no problem playing simple unaffected melodies. He did so without sentimentalizing them."