Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas - Early Music Today

Finnish cellist Markku Luolajan-Mikkola plays all six works on Baroque cello necessitating key transposition in each instance. Luolajan-Mikkola has made his own transcriptions while avoiding, as far as possible, changes to the original text. The experiment is an interesting one even if in the end we may find ourselves less than satisfied with the result. Some movements come across with more conviction than others but the aural adjustment requireed throughout was a constant struggle. Cellists especially will encounter much to intrigue them and will find of interest Luolajan-Mikkola's accompanying essay dealing with tuning issues and other important matters for the would-be transcriber.

Early Music Today
01 December 2016