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Bach Sonates, Chorals, and Trios

Bruno Cocset and colleagues Bertrand Cuiller and Richard Myron record works by Bach: BWV 1027-1029, 659, 649, 645. #alttext# The opening work, Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland is performed on cello (vocal line) against a most robust, deep, and dark continue, purply raisin toned organ. What a beautiful track of music! Rich, ripe, and robust, this is a revelation. Under Cocset, the cello becomes the equal of the human voice, although restrained. Since I bought this CD as a digital download, I don't opens with a leisurely pace, and again features organ continuo. The pace chosen by this group is very appropriate and natural. Bach's music is allowed to breathe, much as the second movement •Allegro* does as well. Especially nice is the tight, precise articulation by Cocset. BWV 1028 is not a favorite work of mine, being played here with harpsichord continuo. The work lacks for me the penache of other chamber works by Bach. Cocset does especially well, however, again with harpsichord in the faster movements. Filler works including BWV 711, 528a, and 649, lengthen the concert on the recording, and while some of these are nice, they don't match the sublime entrance on the recording with BWV 659. The strongest work by Bach on the recording, however, is the celebrated BWV 1029, here with a somewhat noisy, clanky harpsichord. What I admire most about Cocset's playing is his honesty, his energy, and the sound of his instrument. This may not be the most suave or polished of playing, but it comes across with affectation nonetheless. The faster movements are of course toe-tappers, and what Cocset offers against competing recordings is his alternate phrasing style. That's to say, Cocset simply chooses to play certain sections "a little differently" with regard to phrasing. His solutions work, so they aren't especially contrived or phony. My only gripe about the recording might be the distance at which it was miked, many of Cocset's recordings tend to be especially-closely miked. A fun alternate reading of Bach, just under an hour, by a passionate and very capable cellist.


The Laserwriter