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JS Bach: 'Cello Suites, Vol 1' Solo Cello Suites-No 1, BWV1007

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: 'Cello Suites, Vol 1' Solo Cello Suites-No 1, BWV1007

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JS Bach

'Cello Suites, Vol 1' Solo Cello Suites--No 1, BWV1007; No 3, BWV1009; No 4, BWV1010

Joachim Eijlander vc

Navis (F) NC15003 (65' * DDD)

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With works recorded as often as Bach's Cello Suites, it is essential for the listener, if her interest is to be sparked and maintained, to be able to hear the underlying thesis of a player's performance. It is pleasing, therefore, that Joachim Eijlander's approach is audibly apparent in every bar of his first volume of the Suites: the tempi are measured, if uncontroversial, the performances are meticulous in their tuning. Those features, and the unassuming personality of Eijlander's playing, are the greatest strengths of this disc, and there is also more grace to the dance here than is often to be found in modern recordings. The sound is not as apparently effortless as on David Watkin's superlative Gramophone Award-nominated performance of earlier this year (Resonus, 6/15), but that is not to say that Eijlander's voice is lost in a less characterful account (and solo pieces like these naturally have more license for individual interpretation than accompanied music). …

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