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JS Bach: Solo Cello Suites-No 1, BWV1007

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: Solo Cello Suites-No 1, BWV1007

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JS Bach

Solo Cello Suites--No 1, BWV1007; No 3, BWV1009; No 5, BWV1011

Ditta Rohmann vc

Hungaroton [F] HCD32731 (67' * DDD)

Let's hope that this debut recording by the prize-winning Hungarian cellist Ditta Rohmann is the first of a two-disc set. With her musicologist's hat on she has carefully researched the texts, giving particular weight to the differences found in the autograph version for lute of the Fifth Suite. With her performer's hat on she has taken a pragmatic approach to her instrument, a modern French cello fitted with metal strings but tuned to 415Hz, and opted for a Baroque bow. She describes her compromise as 'subjective historical authenticity' influenced by 'present-day perspective', and it works extremely well.

These are stylish but unselfconscious interpretations. The tempi are well chosen, the phrasing informed by the harmony, the repeats nicely varied and the sense of petite reprises at the ends of sections delightfully savoured. …

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