Although not my favourite cellist, this is undoubtedly one of the best recordings of Bach’s suites for unaccompanied cello. There is a wonderful rawness in Yo Yo Ma’s performance that allows the genius of Bach to shine through.
There are, I guess what you might call, ‘compositional cracks’ in some of the passages, and, at least to some extent, Yo Yo Ma lets this stand. After all, Bach put them there, so why try to disguise them? Along with Ma’s unique timing and tonal interpretation, this recording is a real pleasure to listen to.
A nice bonus is that this two-disc set comes with a very well written booklet that outlines something of how the suites are structured, effect of choice of key etc. and, gives a little insight in to the history behind the compositions.
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