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|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|
|1. Suite No.4 in E flat major|
|2. Suite No.5 in C minor|
|3. Suite No.6 in D major|
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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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.