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Bach: The Cello Suites [DVD Video] (2007)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2007
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N4SJLU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mischa Maisky performs these Bach works.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Analytical and powerful Bach beautifully recorded September 11, 2007
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Johann Sebastian Bach composed his Six Suites for Solo Cello in the early 1720's. Unlike the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, composed around the same time, there is no extant autograph manuscript. Only four copies exist, of which one made by Anna Magdelena Bach is the standard performing edition. Bach's wife was somewhat careless when transcribing the articulation marks that Bach had indicated quite precisely in his music of the time. That, in combination with conflicting details in the other three copies, creates room for speculation as to dynamics, slurs, tempo and vibrato. Performers can exercise substantial freedom in performing these Suites. The choices made substantially color the nature of the performance. In Rostropovich's DVD performances on EMI, he elects to perform a more liquid and emotive Bach with a dash of vibrato along with an expressive portamento. His performance is splendid but harkens back to an older, more Romantic style of Bach.

Maisky has acknowledged the period instruments style of Bach in these performances. His playing is slightly more reserved, somewhat analytical, very broad and powerful with a rich and deeply resonant string sound. I was immediately enamored with his sound, which is helped immeasurably by this recording made in a fresco decorated stone room in a Palladian Villa. The sound is reverberant and well-focussed. Because of the venue, vibrato seems less necessary, so Maisky can easily adopt what one may consider a more "authentic" performing practice. He uses less vibrato but Bach's long, singing lines don't suffer in the stone room's limpid and bell-like acoustics. This is a slightly more refined and Classical performance than Rostropovich. Having both of them seems ideal in order to truly appreciate Bach's masterful Suites.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would want to watch this DVD? December 25, 2008
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Answer: Anyone who wants to experience the music to its fullest. To begin with Maisky is a superb cellist. Just watching the ease with which he negotiates this complex music is a joy unto itself. Moreover, most people, myself included, do not always give full attention to the music. In particular, visual images are very powerful and can distract one's attention. This is the main reason that I chose Maisky's performance over Rostropovitch's. There is a trancendent power in Slava's playing but other reviewers have noted that his performance is "enhanced" with scenes and views of the chuch where it is performed and the artworks connected with it. The visual elements in Maisky's DVD are spartan but, aside from moving from long and short views of the cellist, that's all you get. Perhaps this approach is not for everyone but then Bach is also not for everyone. To me, Bach is almost always overwhelming so I welcome any DVD which encourages me to concentrate fully on the music.

I can't wait until someone comes out with a performance of the Sonatas and Partitas for Violin. That will add to my collection of music that you wouldn't think of watching on your TV screen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Cello Suites played to Perfection December 11, 2009
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If you have a really good stereo/surround system or just great headphones, this DVD of the Bach Cello Suites is a must have to add to your collection. The sound is rich and pure, and the technical excellence and musical intelligence of Mischa Maisky sublime. Mr. Maisky may not get the exposure of the big name cellists, but he is their peer in every way. Buy this DVD! You won't be dissapointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know the reason but DVD's redordings has far more deep and clear sounds than other CD's sounds.
Rostropovichi, Casals, Paul Torteiler, Starker, Fournier, Tsutsumi, Mineo Hayashi, Yasuhiro Yamamoto,Navarra,Juro Aoki,
Maiskey's 1999,1985 and this DVD.
First time I heard this performance on TV show. I recorded it, and it became my best favorite. But unfortunately, this video was broken. After that, each performances have each fascinations, but I alwas looking for this recordings.
Someone said, Maiskey's performance is so unique that gives separate impression to listners. Someone likes it very much, the other hands there are many people do not.
But for me, this is the real sounds of Cello, most natural, most deep, this sounds make me happy.
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