Yo-yo Ma's playing of these pieces is soulful, articulate and just beautiful. This is most definitely the finest captured performance of the Cello Suites.
(This review is for the audiophiles out there)
BUT.....it is unfortunately not the best recording. The subtleties of the recording environment are captured here, the attack and decay are life-like and the sound is warm and full. To undermine all that, there is a pronounced buzz audible in the tracks. I had played this from multiple sources, NAD universal disc player, PS Audio transport and finally McIntosh transport and on multiple DAC/Pre/Amp and speaker combinations to eliminate any of my equipment as a source of noise. As I moved up the chain in component quality and resolution, it became more and more pronounced. With my McIntosh setup, in conjunction with Magnepan 3.6R's, it became nearly unbearable to listen to. All you can focus attention on is the buzz, much more apparent in the left channel, but present in both.
I will continue to search for a perfect recording of the Cello Suites, as they are amazing pieces of music, it is unfortunate that this disc suffers these flaws, as the actual playing was astounding.
For those who are not bitten by the audio nerd bug, and have standard stereo systems with normal resolutions, it will unlikely be a problem.
I don't know what I was thinking, but I was disappointed with the CD....but it's my own fault. The cello unaccompanied was not the greatest choice, and I didn't make it through all of the tracks before I cursed my purchase. It's just boring.
While I enjoy Yo Yo Ma, all future purchases will be those where he is accompanied by other artists.