First off I concur with the review written by Boolez, so I don't need to repeat any of that. There are plenty of better more accurate players out there with PERIOD ensembles, and those are the ones worth hearing, not this overly romanticized menagerie.
Not for snobs
Bell gives these works a fresh beautiful approach and clearly loves this music deeply. If you want a “traditional” (whatever that means) or period instrument experience, this may not be for you. This isn’t the only version I’d want to listen to, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a beautiful joyful gift to hear. And it’s Bach, it can survive almost anything. As a professional violin soloist told me last week about Bach: it’s power to touch people is that, at it’s core, Bach’s music is truth.
If you love Bell and Bach, buy it!
So inventive and interesting! I really enjoy his interpretation.
Born: December 9, 1967 in Bloomington, IN
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s