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Posted by Pete G on March 07, 2001 at 10:42:09:
In Reply to: Re: Karr Recordings of Cello Suites? posted by Alexander North on March 06, 2001 at 11:11:27:
Alexander, I can't add much to your description. I found Meyer's intonation fantastic, and the technical difficulties sometimes evident in, say, the Hartshorne recordings, were entirely absent. To me, Meyer's recording sounded like the Bach Suites, rather than, "the Bach Suites Played on the Bass," if that makes any sense.
I was not much bothered by the absence of vibrato. That's how I prefer to hear these pieces played, though I also like the Casals recordings, which are at the other end of the intretative spectrum.
I'm looking forward to hearing what Karr did with these.
: Pete, I have heard the Meyer recordings. I borrowed the cd and listened 4 or 5 times in its entirety. It's very pretty and his intonation is incredible. I think it lacks intensity because of a relentless "sul tasto" performance; also the lack of vibrato in very many instances results in expressive shortcomings. It is, as I said, very pretty but lacks the depth and engaging power of the Karr performance.
: What's your opinion?
: : Alexander, have you heard the Meyer recording? If so, what do you think of that?
: : : Pete,
: : : Gary recorded the first three suites, I'm sure you can find it on his web site www.garykarr.com. It is an astounding performance which doesn't require any excuses for the instrument. In my opinion he is the only one to have made such a recording.
: : : Alexander
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