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Bach: Cello Suites


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listen  4. Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello in G Major, BMW1007: Sarabande 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello in G Major, BMW1007: Menuett I 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello in G Major, BMW1007: Menuett II 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello in G Major, BMW1007: Gigue 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello in D Minor, BWV 1008: Prélude 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello in D Minor, BWV 1008: Allemande 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello in D Minor, BWV 1008: Courante 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello in D Minor, BWV 1008: Menuett II 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Suite No. 2 for Solo Cello in D Minor, BWV 1008: Gigue 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello in C Major, BMW1009: Prélude 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello in C Major, BMW1009: Allemande 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello in C Major, BMW1009: Courante 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello in C Major, BMW1009: Sarabande 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Suite No. 3 for Solo Cello in C Major, BMW1009: Bourrée I 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  1. Suite IV in E-Flat Major: Prélude 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Suite V in C Minor: Gavotte I 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Suite V in C Minor: Gavotte II 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Suite V in C Minor: Gigue 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Suite VI in D Major: Prélude 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Suite VI in D Major: Allemande 7:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Suite VI in D Major: Courante 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Suite VI in D Major: Sarabande 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Suite VI in D Major: Gavotte I 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Suite VI in D Major: Gavotte II 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Suite VI in D Major: Gigue 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 17, 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • ASIN: B00000F1S4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By now, we've heard Bach's six cello suites so many times from so many different performers, things are starting to get blurry. Pablo Casals still owns the definitive--and first--recorded cycle, while János Starker felt the need to record the suites four times, and Yo-Yo Ma did 'em twice. But then, out of nowhere, Italian Paolo Beschi comes along on the German upstart label Winter & Winter with a performance that sounds so damn good that Bach suddenly seems fresh all over again. Beschi's bow action is quick, but his playing is exquisite; simply put, he makes the instrument sing. It helps when you consider how few cellists in the history of classical music have been recorded this perfectly. You can literally hear Beschi's deep breathing during the more demanding later suites. And, though period instruments are one thing, this disc even boasts a period studio--a 17th-century Italian villa. Some listeners may consider this mic'ing too close for comfort, but for those already familiar with the cello suites, it's a gorgeous package. With its dark, woodsy, and oh-so-sonically detailed sound, you'll feel like Beschi is in your living room. --Jason Verlinde

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dennison on May 18, 1999
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Paolo Beschi offers highly individual, engaging and rewarding performances of the cello suites on two baroque instruments. But beware: He is brilliantly captured by the engineers who manage to reveal every detail. If the artist's breathing or the sound of fingers on wood annoys you - look elsewhere.
This is not leisurely Bach or a recording for those who want background music. This performance demands your attention from the opening prelude to the final gigue. Beschi's prelude to the suite No1 is over a minute faster than Fournier's legendary recording. Whereas his sarabande from the sixth is far broader than Fournier.
For those who care about such things, the presentation, packaging and recording of these discs is amongst the finest I have ever come across.
At less than premium price, highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vlanes on March 29, 2006
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After reading some strange opinions on the Internet about Paolo Beschi's performance of these suites, I was in doubt as to whether it was necessary to buy this set. I am SO happy I decided to take a plunge! I would have missed one of the best experiences of my life.

I firmly believe that Paolo Beschi is a genius. His performance is beyond praise. It is fresh, insightful and stunningly beautiful. Before you know it, the CD ends, and you are left with a sense of amazement and deep pleasure - and your hand is already putting the second CD into the player, or pressing the "play" button again.

By the way, I own 18 sets of Bach's cello suites, and I have heard a thing or two in this area.

Grab it while you can and don't think twice about it!

The W&W package is beautiful, but not very practical, in my humble opinion. The CDs are tricky to put in and take out, the number of scratches on them grows, and the CDs don't hold well. Be sure that your hands are clean when you handle the package - it soils very easily, and it is not a pleasant sensation to see a stain on this gorgeous dark-red box... I decided eventually to put the CDs in separate plastic boxes.

Well, that's all. Enjoy !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank Paris on July 17, 2001
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This is the most exciting and original period instrument performance of these suites I've ever heard and I have several other period instrument performances of them. Extremely enjoyable and a lot of fun. I like the extra "percussive" effects you hear of his fingers banging against the wood on his instrument. You can tell he's having as much fun as the listener.
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