Top positive review
highly unusual but compelling interpretations by a master cellist
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2021
One cannot overstate the importance of this set of 6 works to the history of cello, which has been recorded, often multiple times, by numerous famous cellists. Many of these recorded performances show a degree of sameness which becomes tiresome despite the beauty of playing. Janos Starker marches to a different drummer. He plays in a highly assertive manner, frequently makes uncommon articulation and phrasing choices, sometimes sacrificing beauty of tone for exuberance. But no mistake about it, Starker is a masterful cellist and his performances are wonderful and exciting. It is interesting to compare this recorded set with his published edition of the works, because the phrasings and articulations he chose for the printed page frequently differ from those he use in this recording (which in turn often differ from those of his other recordings of this music). But this reinforces his stated view (from the introduction to his edition) that these suites are truly works in progress, open to many interpretive approaches without any one having claim to being "definitive." I highly recommend this recording to be a valuable contribution to the art of playing JS Bach.