This is the original recording of these masterpieces. Imagine the thrill of the aspiring young (age 13) celloist Casals when he discovered the sheet music for these suites--in a second-hand store. At the time, he had not known of their existance; indeed, apparently no one had ever performed any of these suites before in their entirety. (According to the nice essay in the liner notes, at the time of Casals' "discovery", the various individual movements were sometimes played by celloists as "exercises.") Casals practiced these suites for many years before performing them in public, and it was not until over 30 years later that he agreed to record them.
It's hard to believe that this recording was made in the 1930s--sounds more like the 1960s or 70s. The hiss is barely audible, at least to my 50 year-old ears. You simply can't go wrong with purchasing this, especially when it's on sale (it's easily worth the full price, too). I listened to the online samples (sound clips) of several recordings of these suites, and decided to go with the original--the playing is not perfect, but it overflows with beauty and musical character.
Bach: Cello Suites オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター, インポート
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Revelation in Sound
2007年8月7日 - (Amazon.com)
Misses the mark
2018年8月12日 - (Amazon.com)
Beautiful music, wonderfully played, poorly recorded (excessive dynamic expansion).
Bach and Casals, oh my!
2016年5月29日 - (Amazon.com)
What can I add. Bach cello played by Pablo Casals. Recorded at the end of the 30's, it still sounds great.
2016年9月22日 - (Amazon.com)
I really liked this recording of Bach's cello suites, but still prefer EMI's recording by Mstislav Rostropovich.
A timeless classic
2010年2月1日 - (Amazon.com)
After years of telling myself "sometime I will get a recording of Casals playing the Bach suites" I finally did. His rendition is flawless, at least to my ears. The liner notes explain that he found the music in a dusty shop when he was in his early teens, and devoted years and years of study to their performance.