Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas - Irish Times

Finnish cellist and gamba player Markku Luolajan-Mikkola here offers not Bach's cello suites but the solo violin sonatas and partitas, transposed deep into the bass register and played on a three centuries old, tonally gorgeous Barak Norman cello.

Transcriptions and arrangements were ubiquitous in the baroque period, yet it was not until the 19th century that the idea of playing these works on the cello seems to have surfaced.

There's a darkening of tone and a thickening of textures that takes some getting used to.

Bach with a difference.

Irish Times
18 February 2016