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Reviews: Bach: Cello Suites - Martin Ostertag

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Review by jazz1 August 26, 2011 (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
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Just got this SACD a few days ago and I was more than pleasantly surprised. The first impression is that Martin Ostertag makes this music very enjoyable to listen to, one is not tempted to only play a few tracks, I just let it run. In comparison Pierre Fournier playing sounds more academic.
Nobody really knows how these suites should be played, but Martin Ostertag interpretation seems logical. I had quite a few cds of these works by different artists but this one is a keeper, I think that I will let go the Fournier and the Janos Starker and just keep this one with the Maurice Gendron
As far as the audio, it is very good, not as much room acoustic as the Gendron recording which may some prefer. I do not think that it is a DSD recording but it does sound very musical.

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Review by Fugue February 18, 2012 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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I basically concur with Jazz1. Ostertag plays these Suites with enough power and passion without overdoing it, ala Gavriel Lipkin, the only other SACD set that I've heard. The latter can't leave a single note alone without distorting it in some manner. I initially liked it, but it doesn't wear well. Ostertag is by no means simply playing the notes--there is plenty of interesting phrasing and musicality, but he doesn't feel the need to overly interpret them. He gives us Bach, while Lipkin gives us Bach-Lipkin. Ostertag's technique is superb--excellent tone and intonation. I can hear a number of small intonation issues in Lipkin's set. Also, Ostertag's recording has greater clarity without being too dry. So, all in all, Ostertag offers a well recorded, beautifully played set of the Suites.

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