Posted: Aug 13, 2019 9:47 pm
by arugula2
Bach - cello suites.
Pablo Casals (recorded 1936-1939). Unsurpassed. Feeling and conviction. Every gesture is persuasive. Lives and breathes them.
(Youtube) Suite 1 Suite 2 Suite 3 Suite 4 Suite 5 Suite 6

There are many interesting recordings, among them Jian Wang (2005), Anner Bylsma (1992), Edgar Meyer on double bass (suites 1, 2, & 5; 2000). Nikolaus Harnoncourt is more famous as a conductor, but he took a stab for Teldec's complete-Bach set (playlist here).

The suites are superbly suited to viola. Currently in love with Helen Callus's confident turn (playlist here). A sample... suite 4, prelude: