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If Casals' take is like dark chocolate, then Ma's take is the milk choc version
February 22, 2015
This was one of the first pieces of classical music that I fell in love with, thanks to Yo-Yo Ma's performance. I know that a lot of people prefer other interpretations by Casals (undoubtedly the best), Starker (so precise) and Fournier (stately), et al. Actually they're all beautiful, really. But if I have to choose, I would take Ma's and Casals' versions. Ma's take is lighter, more fluid, youthful and romantic. Casals is deep, emotional, and bluer (if that means anything). If Ma's version is like milk chocolate, then Casals' is dark chocolate. Lol. Get it.
Note on vinyl and CD versions of Ma's recording: If you're a vinyl collector, forget the vinyl. Just get the CD - sounds much better.
Note on vinyl and CD versions of Casals' recording: Get the vinyl, if you can find it!