Pablo Casals, Nikolai Mednikoff, Blas Net, Otto Schulhof – The Bach Cello Suites (1999)

Title: The Bach Cello Suites
Year Of Release: 1999
Label: Pearl
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 02:31:45
Total Size: 425 Mb


01 Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 (BC J36): Adagio¹
02 English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (BC L18): Gavottes 1 & 2 (Musette)
03 Komm, Süsser Tod (Schemelli Gesangbuch No. 868), BWV 478 (BC F227)
04 Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: Andante
05 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G String
06 Organ Concerto No. 5 in D minor, BWV 596 (BC J85): Largo
07-14 Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
15-22 Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
23-30 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007

01-08 Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
09-16 Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
17-25 Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

Pablo Casals (cello)
Nikolai Mednikoff (piano in tracks 01, 02)
Blas Net (piano in tracks 03, 04, 06)
Otto Schulhof (piano in track 05)
Pablo Casals (cello)

Pablo Casals showed the world that Bach’s solo cello suites were more than mere teaching exercises. Modern ears weaned on historically informed versions might flinch at Casals’ tempo fluctuations and distensions of line. Yet his imposing personality, intense concentration, and penetrating musicianship transcend time. Seth Winner’s revelatory transfers restore the warm overtones to Casals’ cello missing from EMI’s harsher remasterings. The suites are presented in the order Casals recorded them. Filling out the collection are all the cellist’s electrically recorded Bach 78s from the twenties. Teri Noel Towe’s excellent notes include interesting recollections of his own meetings with the Maestro. In sum, a landmark of the phonograph, lovingly restored. — Jed Distler