Bach: Cello Suites / Ralph Kirshbaum

Release Date: 6/2/2010
Label: Erato
Catalog Number: 61609
Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum
Number of Discs: 2

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CD
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The CD catalog suffers no lack of distinguished recordings of the Bach Cello Suites, whether full, mid-, or budget price. Ralph Kirshbaum's 1995 readings entice for several reasons. For starters, his slightly gruff yet compelling sonority is beautifully engineered. Second, Kirshbaum not only observes all of Bach's repeats, but also lavishes them with tasteful, expressive embellishments. The cellist's intonation rarely swerves from dead of center. A strong sense of tension and release governs Kirshbaum's rhythmic flexibility, which always keeps the music's dance origins afloat. Phrases are built from the bass lines up, as if Kirshbaum's cello was partitioned into organ-like registrations. In a field crowded with the likes of Fournier, Starker, Casals, Ma, Schiff, Rostropovich, and, for those who prefer baroque cello, Bylsma, it would be understandable yet quite unfair to overlook this first class release. You won't regret buying it.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
2. Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
3. Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
4. Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
5. Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
6. Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
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