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Starker vs Fournier vs Rostropovich
on June 2, 2015
This review is not a critique of performances, but of the recorded sound quality of the luscious and complex sound of the cello. There are many great artists who have recorded the cello suites and each person will have their own preferences as to interpretation.
I own 3 versions of the cello suites: Janos Starker, Pierre Fournier and Mstislav Rostropovich. All three are highly regarded interpreters of this music, but in terms of the sound of the cello, Starker's recording is by far the most rich, luscious and complex. The sound of the Rostropovich is not quite as good but still quite lovely. The Fournier, although beautifully played, is quite a bit weaker in the sound.
If you have a high quality sound system and the sound of the cello itself is as important to you as the performance, you may find as I do that the Starker is the one you will prefer.