J.S. Bach
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Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Mstislav Rostropovitch
Instrumentation:Cello
Individual Works:Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009
Suite No. 4 in E flat, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in c minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012
Format:Unspecified
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:7243 5 55364 2 5-6
Year Released/Recorded:1991
Total Playing Time:147:54
Comments:Antony Danikas said: Astonishing interpretation.

Ryan Barry said:

Recorded in an old, French church. The suites become magical. The nuances of the architecture accentuate the tonal qualities of the cello I love most. A very clean recording - no noise - the cello filling the room, and nothing more. A very mature look at the suites. A pinnacle in Rostropovich's career.

!pang said:

You will come off this album wishing you could make movies using these pieces as scores; from the frail giddiness of the prelude of first suite to the dramatic sobriety of the the c minor, this collection will placate your rainy afternoons when you would refuse to hear the coherence of words, and you just need a cup of chamomile. If the affirming and uplifting final suite does not more than soothe your raw edges then you would really need a therapist.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Antony Danikas
  • Ryan Barry
  • !pang
Date First Submitted:01/20/1998
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