|Jan Hanford said:|
A remarkable performance that has taken its place as my favorite of the Cello Suites. Phoebe Carrai is a former member of Musica Antiqua Koln and is currently a member of the extraordinary Philharmonia Baroque. For this recording she performs on a cello from c.1690.
Her articulation is lively without going over the top. No chopping here: just exquisitely musical phrasing and delightful tempos. She makes the cello sing in ways I've rarely heard. The best I can describe it is that the edges are rounder, the result being a lovely sound that is both soothing and exciting.
This performance was recorded at at Crear, an innovative working space on the west coast of Scotland, combining studio and rehearsal space with accommodation. Perhaps the rich resonance in which her performance was made adds to this beautiful sound. Ordinarily I would be critical of room resonance but here it really works. The experience of recording in this isolated space seems to have paid off for Phoebe Carrai because she has given us a treasure that I will be listening to frequently and with great pleasure.
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