David Jien

OK, the Bach cello suites quest continues. Frederick Zlotkin shows great promise, though from this sample page, the engineer was seriously idiosyncratic in his mic placement. I don’t even know what to say about Pablo Casals’ version. Here and there he veers off with these rhythmic peculiarities that make me think he’s on drugs. I gotta put him in the top tier though, because overall, hissy old recordings notwithstanding, he really understands the testicular requirements of these suites. I was getting excited about hearing János Starker’s Bach – his Kodály (which I have on vinyl) is seriously musigasmic) – but on hearing it on YouTube, I’m about to put him in the legatoist camp and feed him on beans and burnt weenies for a week.

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