Bach: Cello Suites, BWV 100, 1008, 1009, 1010, 1011, 1012

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COMPOSERS: Bach
LABELS: Teldec
WORKS: Cello Suites, BWV 100, 1008, 1009, 1010, 1011, 1012
PERFORMER: Jörg Baumann (cello)
CATALOGUE NO: 0630-12333-2 (1982-4)
From the coarse bowing in the famous opening bars of the G major prelude to the hard-driven D minor Courante, these readings fail to dance. Baumann is a little-recorded cellist and quite why Teldec has chosen to reissue his interpretation in a market overcrowded with excellence is perplexing. The suites, recorded in 1982, already sound dated, lacking both the poetic largesse of, say, Tortelier and the translucent period style pioneered by Bylsma. Robust and regular, Baumann takes us back to a time when the suites were every muscular cellist’s morning exercise. Helen Wallace

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