Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: Solo Cello Suites

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: Solo Cello Suites

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JS Bach [EC] [GP]

Solo Cello Suites (arr for viola)-No 2, BWV1008; No 3, BWV1009; No 6, BWV1012

Maxim Rysanov va

BIS [F] [SACD] BIS2033 (65' * DDD/DSD)

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Finally, the Ukrainian viola player Maxim Rysanov has completed his collection of JS Bach's Cello Suites transcribed for viola after the 2010 release of the monumental first volume (A/10). And as with the first, although it may be that that rise in tessitura suffocates some of the calm out of certain movements, this second volume displays the sort of exhilarating and challenging perspective that deserves to make it endure as one of these masterworks' great interpretations.

What may be lost in depth of pitch is certainly not lost in depth of tone, and Rysanov finds a refined way through his performance that is not evangelically authentic and yet--with its subtle phrasing and elegantly sparse embellishment--stops far short of the traditionally Romantic Russian school of Bach-playing. …

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