Bach: The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites Complete
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When I applaud Ma's technique and say that he plays what Bach wrote, I am not implying that he plays mechanically -- not at all. He plays quite soulfully in my opinion. For example, he brings the Gigue of Suite 1 to life as Casals and Starker, at least, do not. He does that with dynamic variation, and by controlling the tone of his cello, mixing sweet phrases with scratchy ones. I wish that Gigue were included in Amazon's samples, as it would put to rest any charges of mechanical playing.
One customer reviewer said that if the name Ma were taken off the package, all that would remain would be another mediocre rendition of Bach's cello suites. I disagree strongly. I bought the recording on a friend's recommendation, and was not particularly a Ma fan at that time. It is this recording that made me a Ma fan.
Of course, my opinion about this recording is not intended to take away from other great performances. And I haven't heard the later Ma recording yet; maybe it is even better. But as far as I'm concerned, Ma's great technique and straightforward yet soulful approach to the suites should allow this recording to stand proudly among the best of them.
There is no other way to say this: the performance is flawless. It has no style. He has become a perfect melody of nothing, allowing the full style of Bach himself to come through, throwing away his ego's tendency to improvise. Noting that the pieces were meant to be played in full, these are the only cello recordings I believe that can be viewed, heard, smelt, felt, and understood through the whole recording. Other artists playing these works manage to gather up large emotional swells within us, but only for the beginning five minutes or so. Or so the first minute shows us, until we get bored and stop the music. These are pure rhythm-meditations, designed to make us think. Not for relaxation, but for peace.
(I think of the guitar: the rich vibrato of Andre Segovia and Christopher Parkening in contradistinction to the dryer sound preferred by many modern guitarists, and someone such as Ron Rendek, say, falls more or less in-between.)
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I am no a big Bach cello fan. Nevertheless, as a classical music lover, I had to buy this set as part of my vast collection. Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Lee
This is a beautiful recording of Bach's unaccompanied suites. Just beautiful.Yo=Yo Ma does a great job playing them to technical perfection, but still manages to bring out the... Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Matthew Hamby
My husband is in love with the cello and has been wanting this disc for a long time. I was glad to be able to finally get it for him.Published on March 4, 2014 by Charity
If you love the cello, then it would be criminal not to own Bach's cello suites! Even people who haven't a clue what a cello is, has heard cello suite no.1. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Kenneth Evans
Cello makes me cry, feel joy, and just general passion (meaning enthusiasm). Unaccompanied Cello Suitescan be listened to on repeat for my liking.Published on December 23, 2013 by K Sherwood
What can I say? The combination of Yo Yo Ma and Bach is simply wonderful!!! A joy for the senses.Published on July 25, 2013 by Amazon Customer