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These glorious performances of possibly the most challenging and inspiring pieces in the cello repertory were recorded in the Abbey Church at Vezelay in France and released on CD in May 1995. Here at last was one of the true greats of the instrument finally taking on the ultimate challenge for a cellist and delivering a recording that met every expectation and more of both public and press.
“The Basilique Sainte Madeleine's stern, ornate and majestic setting provides the perfect visual and acoustic context for Rostropovich's fluid, commanding solo Bach. His valuable spoken prefaces to each suite include casual demonstrations at the piano and organ.”
“Rostropovich's performances are masterly and all-involving, drawing distinctions between each work in his spoken introductions, although one can choose to hear the music without the commentaries. Unsurpassed and unsurpassable.”
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