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JS Bach: 'Escape'

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: 'Escape'

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JS Bach

'Escape'

Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012

Sophie Webber vc

Gimpy (F) (2) 888295 674102 (150' * DDD)

JS Bach

Six Solo Cello Suites, BWV1007-1012

Dariusz Skoraczewski vc

Analog Arts (F) (2) 888295 628693 (135' * DDD)

All cellists, whether on modern or period instruments, operate at the same disadvantage when playing Bach's six Solo Cello Suites. The manuscript was lost long ago and with it his thinking about the most important component beyond just the notes: the bowings. In their outstanding new 'modern' recordings of the complete cycle, Dariusz Skoraczewski, principal cellist of Marin Alsop's Baltimore Symphony, and Sophie Webber, an Oxonian living in San Diego, apply bowings--and rhythm, dynamics and speeds--with such variety and imagination that they might almost be playing different works.

In Webber's case it's as if she were playing the music in an intimate setting, perhaps for someone special, in which every note has meaning rather as a look or a touch does; the resulting conversations she has with the music are endlessly absorbing as they are being seamlessly incorporated into the fabric and flow of each movement. Her subjective narrative suggests the freedom with which Pablo Casals brought the music back to life a century ago. Working from a printed edition by Paul Tortelier, another legendary cellist who approached the Suites as if they were conversations rather than spectacles like Yo-Yo Ma's recent cycle at the Hollywood Bowl before 17,000 screaming fans, Webber finds revelation in her expectations of intimacy. …

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