Six Suites for Cello
For the first time in my life I have listened to all six suites of Bach’s Six Suites for Cello back to back. Actually, I’ve been at it for hours. Three different sets of recordings, Shiff, Ma, and Gendron, each of the full set of suites. As cliché as it may be, I prefer Yo-Yo Ma’s renditions. While in college I attended a recital which had one of my professor’s cello...
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