J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Mstislav Rostropovich
Individual Works:Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI Classics
Catalog Number:55365/4
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Comments:Mike Lavocah said:

In these remarkable recordings the 80 year old cello maestro Mstislav Rostropovich pours his entire being into the trascendental works that are the Bach Cello Suites. Rostropovich's resonant tone, coupled with sprightly tempi that serve to convey the melodic line, reveal the works as never before. EMI's recording is also nothing short of perfect.

Purists will prefer the classic recording of Pablo Casals, freshly remastered by Naxos Historical, whilst Yo-Yo-Ma's recent, second recording over romantices the music, lending weight to Rostropovich's comment that one should not attempt these pieces until one is at least sixty.

Musicians though will love this one. A masterpiece.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Mike Lavocah
Date First Submitted:09/23/2002