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Anner Bylsma has never let me down. Rather, each time I hear a recording of his I find new appreciation and love for music. He will transport you to new places, and times. Free your mind and make you love.
People often confuse this recording - wich I presume are the ones made for Seon on a Goffriller cello in 1979 and issued, I believe, by Pro Arte in the US - with the much bigger sounding "servais" cello recording for Sony in 1992. The confusion stems from the Pro Arte recordings being reissued on sony's budget label, Sony Essentials. I bought the early ones on vinyl in the early eighties (later on I got the CDs for good measure) and they remain close to my heart. I prefer them to the 1992 version and even to the incredible Casals because of the tautness, the clarity of the dance rythms, drama where apropriate and the incredible polyphony Bach writes for the cello. Last but not least, there is this marvellous joyfulness, wich I think is akin to what Perahia talks about in his suite - by - suite trailer series on Youtube for the 2016 DG french suites, notably about the fifth suite ( "perahia suite by suite 5" should lead you to it). Some reviewers found the 1992 recording representing pretty much an unchanged view of the suits, but in my (amateur) opinion they certainly do not.