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  Edel Classics -
  0016132GLP (3 discs)
  Bach: Cello Suites - Gavriel Lipkind
  Bach: Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012

Gavriel Lipkind (cello)
Track listing:
  Classical - Instrumental
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Review by coco May 19, 2007 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
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Highly recommend!
This is not just another recording of the Bach is a whole universe, a very personal one that Gavriel Lipkind has created, yet it shows sincerity and devotion to the composer transcending the level of interpretation, reaching towards the essence of Bach in a combination and harmonious blend of technical ease, contemporary influences and a sensitivity and knowledge for baroque performance practices. As a cellist coming from both the modern and the baroque worlds myself, a new trend has been born! A beautiful recording on many levels.

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Review by TT November 23, 2006 (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
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a great set! 3 sacds with 2 suites on each, all information u need about the cello suites, and a wonderful cover. the playing is great, lipkind is not for nothung the wonderkind of the cello. u can hear the cello suites as u never heard them before, with absolute passion and deep emotionality. the performance is the best i have ever heard.
the sacd sound in sacd MC is good, but not as great as the sacd sound of the suzuki cello suites sacd set. the stereo sound is first class. so i reccomend you to buy this sacds very DEEPLY!

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Review by Beagle November 17, 2010 (8 of 12 found this review helpful)
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Where to begin with this remarkable box set? Let's start with the weird...

Woo-hoo! (accompanied by rolling of eye-balls). I cannot readily disprove the assertion that J.S. Bach encoded The Kabbalah in these works, as is proposed in the "Text-book" and "Map of the Journey" which come with these discs -- but I'll be damned if anyone can hear them. I state this not merely as a no-nonsense professional, but also as someone who did graduate work on occult references in W.B. Yeats and James Joyce.

I do wish that the packet designer had given less thought to touchy-feeliness and more to protecting the discs: They are in three cheap, open paper sleeves, and are at once difficult to extract and in danger of falling out -- what is de luxe about that? This evening I was challenged to get the darn pseudo-suede wallet out of its cardboard sleeve; all that fuzziness has been busy absorbing moisture since I opened it yesterday. I am glad I got this set at a deep discount, I would feel like an idiot if I'd paid the original price.

Like the packaging, Lipkind's playing is velvety in the manner of Yo-yo Ma (I would be challenged to distinguish the two in a blind test). My cellist wife who knows the Six Suites by heart, remarks that Lipkind adds ornaments, and good ones -- but she dislikes the 'personal stamp' he puts on the music by taking liberties with meter and maybe some notes. I quite agree; the longer I listened, the more his neo-romantic mannerisms irked me. I want to hear the genius of J.S. Bach, not the soulfulness of G. Lipkind.

Given a bit of extra volume, the sound is satisfying but too warm to be mistaken for a cello* at the other end of the room (a sound I am familiar with).

At the right price, these are decent discs, but the SACD set by Hidemo Suzuki remains my favourite.
* The cello here is an A.M. Garani, Bologne 1702; after comparison with Starker and Suzuki I decided its pitch is modern.

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Works: 6  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012