Bach Bachianas is not a new cd, but it is unique, and ought to be in every cellist's library. It features the well-known cello teacher and concert artist Aldo Parisot, along with 37 of his cello students from Yale University, performing Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras Numbers One and Five, with Soprano Arleen Auger; and five arrangements of well-known Bach tunes, arranged for cello orchestra. The cd came out in 1986, and is a part of the Delos International Catalog (DE 3041). Total playing time is 72 minutes, 10 seconds.
The Villa-Lobos selections have always been some of my favorite music, and the Yale cellists play the music beautifully. Number 5 is the better known, but number 1 is enjoyable and should be familiar to cellists, too. The Delos sound is excellent, rich and full.
This recording is of special interest for at least two reasons. First, Aldo Parisot was a close friend of the composer Heitor Villa Lobos. If anyone in the world knows the proper way to play this music it is Aldo Parisot. Parisot played the Brasileiras many times in Brazil with Villa-Lobos, who composed his Cello Concerto Number 2 specifically for the virtuoso cellist. Secondly, many of the cellists studying with Parisot have now become internationally known teachers and concert and recording artists in their own right: for example the names Iseut Chuat, Johann Paetsch, Mark Tanner and Jian Wang have a familiar ring.
This is a cd every cellist will enjoy listening to, and well-worthy of your hard-earned money. Bach Bachianas may be purchased at Amazon.Com. or from Delos International. If you order from Delos, they will also send you a free preview cd of their other publications.
Reviewed by "drcello," July 20, 2001.