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'Geringas Plays Bach Plus'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Geringas Plays Bach Plus'

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'Geringas Plays Bach Plus'

JS Bach Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-12 Corigliano Fancy on a Bach Air--Fragment Geringas Sandigloria Gubaidulina Ten Preludes --No 3, 'Con sordino--senza sordino' Krenek Nachdenklich, Op 184a Senderovas Interludium Suslin Schatz-Insel Traditional El cant dels Ocells (arr Casals/Geringas) Vasks Gramata cellam--Fragment

David Geringas vc

Es-Dur [M] [2] ES2036 (145' * DDD)

David Geringas is very much of the school of his teacher Rostropovich when it comes to the Bach Suites: the speeds are very fast, and they have a masculine edge to them that may be more aggressive than some palates can support. But where Rostropovich projects through the phrases, Geringas is more prone to distraction, with the hiatuses of his phrases more often signifying frustrating pauses than lilts that gracefully encourage the music to its conclusion.

Given that the Bach Cello Suites were not performed as a complete set until Pablo Casals presented them as such in 1950, it's unsurprising that one of the challenges inherent in the recording of a complete set is avoiding making them too dry or relentless. One way of managing that, of course, is to intersperse them with other works, and that well-used trick is one that makes this disc a testament to the breadth of Geringas's inquisitiveness. Contemporary music is a particularly effective pairing with Bach, and each of the Suites is interspersed with one of a corresponding eight free-standing pieces written within Geringas's lifetime. …

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