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Cello Suites

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Disc: 1
1. Suite No.1 in G major
2. Suite No.2 in D minor
3. Suite No.3 in C major
4. Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor
Disc: 2
1. Suite No.4 in E flat major
2. Suite No.5 in C minor
3. Suite No.6 in D major

Product Description

Many fine, reasonably priced recordings of Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suites are on the market, including Alexander Rudin's on Naxos: a significant improvement over the label's earlier released cycle with Csaba Onczay. In quicker movements like the Courantes and Gigues, Rudin keeps the music's uplifting dance qualities in the foreground and fortifies the fluidity of his Preludes and Sarabandes by drawing lush, eloquent sonorities from his 1740 Montagnan cello (tuned, like Anner Bylsma's and Yo-Yo Ma's remakes, a half step down from "modern" standard pitch). His unself-regarding and effective transcription of the famous D Minor Violin Chaconne provides generous filler. Rudin's playing is so good that when he occasionally scrapes his bow or just misses a note's intonational mark, you notice it. Still, budget-minded consumers might consider this excellently engineered offering, although a few more dollars more get you Heinrich Schiff's incomparable Bach Suites on EMI. --Jed Distler

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Well done in every aspect April 16 2005
By T. Hammond - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for a good recording of the Bach Cello Suites at a budget price, then look no further. Rudin's playing is immaculate. His technique is nearly flawless, and his musicianship is only rivaled by the legends of the instrument. What's more, even though he tries a somewhat "authentic" approach (no vibrato, tuning down a 1/2 step from A440 pitch)his performance does not feel dry and formalistic as many "period" performances feel and we get the feeling he does not feel obliged to use these practices out of formalism, but as a chance to explore all the possible tone colors of the cello.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An ideal set to discover Bach's treasures Jan. 12 2010
By Alan Lekan - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bach's solo cello works have had many fine and even legendary performances by the likes of Casals, Rostropovich, Bylsma, Starker, Gendron, Fournier, Wispelwey, Iserelis and others. How to chose?

Here's a simple recommendation to the newer collector or listener - don't stress out over trying to find "the best" recording or the performer who best "taps into the soul intent of Bach" or whatever. Listen to the sound bites of Alexander Rudin's readings hereand see if it speaks to you, then get it and merely listen and marvel at Bach's timeless compositions and imposing musical talents.

As others note, these are very well performed pieces that well exude the spirit of Bach's intent played with great skill and well recorded. Sometimes one can over-focus on the finding he "Holy Grail" recording that the deeper message of the music is passed right by.

Just because its Naxos at budget price does not mean inferior. This is one of those above-average value recordings that one should grab. The recorded sound is full and deep, bringing our the nuances of Rudin's cello and Bach's brillance. Compositions - 5 stars; Performance - 5 stars; Recording - 4.5 stars.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Cheap at twice the price Dec 21 2004
By J. Lambie - Published on
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It all boils down to "I like it" or "I don't like it". And, ultimately, taste cannot be disputed. To me, the cello suites are addictive. I have more than a dozen versions of them and every artist cuts Bach's diamond differently. I cherish them all. I listen to them all so that I continue to hear the music afresh. Rudin's interpretation is so lovely that you are not immediately aware of his virtuosity. He never shows off. Well, maybe a bit in the Ciaccone from the 2nd Partita for violin. Or perhaps it's just the trancendant wonder of the piece. I'm listening to it as I write this. It shows my poor "opinion" for the trivial thing it is. We live surrounded by miracles.