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JS Bach: 'Cello Suites Vol 2'

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: 'Cello Suites Vol 2'

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JS Bach

'Cello Suites, Vol 2'

Solo Cello Suites--No 2, BWV1008; No 5, BWV1011; No 6, BWV1012

Joachim Eijlander vc

Navis (F) NC15007 (76' * DDD)

Joachim Eijlander's first volume of Bach's Cello Suites (9/15) was a meticulous albeit slightly bland reading which bore all the hallmarks of the start of a dependable if uncontroversial set. That the second shows less of that precision, with no compensating greater overall musical interest, is a disappointment. There is similarly close miking here, although the intimacy is forced a little more than last time by the slapping of fingers on fingerboard that was more sparingly present and used to more subtle effect in the first volume. There is also very little variation in character between each suite. As a result Eijlander misses a lot of the inherent wit in Bach's writing, without which these works can--and do--become a relendess wall of sound. This is particularly notable in the Courante of the C minor Fifth Suite, where his echoing of phrases is so foursquare as to make them sound as if they were totally unrelated; it's all strangely humourless as a result. …

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