Capturing the ideal classical guitar sound requires using a three-microphone setup.
This approach allows for the full, rich and natural sound of an instrument without compromising its definition. Furthermore, it can create more ambience and depth.
1. Josef Starker
Writing for solo cello in the early 18th century was a relatively obscure art form. It wasn’t until 1936, when Pablo Casals made the first complete recording of these suites that they became recognized as one of music’s greatest achievements.
The six cello suites were composed as a series of movements with a symmetrical layout and intended to be played in order. They form an essential part of Bach’s solo repertoire as well as staples of modern cello recitals.
2. Jean-Guihen Queyras
Jean-Guihen Queyras’ recordings for Prelude for Cello Suite 4 are among the finest classical guitar recordings ever made. He is one of the most renowned guitarists of his era and an iconic figure in classical guitar history.
His performance of this piece is truly a treat for the listener, with his light touch and fluid rhythmic ability making this an exciting and enjoyable album to listen to.
This recording also comes with a CD featuring some rarely heard works by Dmitri Shostakovich, such as early piano pieces, an unfinished violin sonata fragment, and arrangements of symphonic music.
The second movement of this cello suite is an exquisite example of Romantic piano music that many cellists aspire to. It features a powerful, long-limbed line played over the piano’s rippling chords.
3. Carlos Casals
Bach’s Prelude, from his 6 Suites for Cello, is one of the most beloved pieces in the repertoire. It possesses powerful expressive powers with nobility, exuberance and relative contrapuntal simplicity.
The Prelude makes magnificent use of a powerful pedal point; one note is held in the bass register as successive richer and richer figures build tension and resolve. The end result is an exquisite work of great pathos and beauty that has been an inspiring inspiration to guitarists since its composition.
Casals’ performance of the Prelude for Cello is widely considered one of the finest examples in this genre ever recorded. He exhibits an intuitive touch and the capacity to convey emotions without sounding saccharine.
4. David Leisner
David Leisner is one of the finest guitarists in today’s world. His solo recordings have won him many accolades and recognition around the globe.
He is renowned for his imaginative arrangements and ability to tap into music’s emotional core, and this CD showcases his range. It includes two Bach preludes, some Scott Joplin rags, and an exuberant encore from Etude No. 12 by Villa-Lobos.
His performance is highly convincing and his technique refined to a fine point. His deep, balanced tone adds life and energy to each piece he performs.
This album is a must-have for guitarists looking to explore some hidden gems within the classical guitar repertoire. It showcases some of the most stunning music ever composed for this instrument and it comes highly recommended to everyone who wants to hear an extensive range of great works.