Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites [CD]

Bach unaccompanied cello suites performed on double bass by Edgar Meyer

This is one of the most amazing CDs I have ever heard.  Edgar Meyer is a musician's musician who is in high demand in the classical, folk and bluegrass worlds.  He has partnered with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell,  Bela Fleck and Mark O'Connor, and he composed a violin concerto for Hilary Hahn.  Here he partners with Johann Sebastian Bach in a new interpretation of the suites for solo cello with a much deeper voice.  He solves the technical problems of the bass -- larger reach and slower-speaking strings, for example -- with a technical mastery that is just mind-boggling. But this is not just virtuosic fireworks.  The bass sings under his fingers.  And you can hear the 30 years of practice and love for the repertoire in this recording.  Meyer is right up there with Casals on my shelf.

1 comment:

  1. Yes! This is a fantastic recording! One of my favorite musicians, playing one of my favorite works, by one of my favorite composers!