J.S. Bach
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Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Patricia McCarty
Instrumentation:Viola
Individual Works:Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 in D majro, BWV 1012
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Ashmont
Catalog Number:61000
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:disc 1: 58.28
disc 2: 77:04
Related Web Site:http://hometown.aol.com/pmcarty/
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

Performance: outstanding
Recording: excellent

This is an extraordinary performance. The much-loved cello suites perfectly translate to viola. Patricia McCarty's exquisite performance adds more beauty to these already gorgous works. Suite 6 is performed in the original key of D rather than the often done transcription to G. Her warm tone, expressiveness and phrasing are exceptional, I was profoundly moved by the beauty of this performance.

This is one of those recordings where I stop what I'm doing and just sit and listen. In a market of so many recordings of these works by Bach, this performance on viola stands out above the rest. It's on my shelf of treasured recordings.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:09/10/2000
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