Very impressive music-making. In the dance sections, the sense of rhythm and pace is unerring, but playful and liberating at the same time. This is one of the few renditions of the Bach Suites which balances the joie de vivre of the dance sections with the sober slow movements with equal poise. It's refreshing to see an approach that doesn't lean too far either to the overly-reverent scholarly side or the idiosyncratically stylized side... I've waited for Isserlis to record these Suites for a long time, and it was well worth the wait. You hear the musician's love for the music, and the recording by Hyperion is exemplary in capturing the cellist's spirit. Listening to the lovely resonant sound the cellist's fingers make against the fingerboard of his Stradivarius is really pleasant, adds to the intimacy of the recording. My favorite recording of the Suites since Pieter Wispelwey's excellent account with Channel Classics.
Thanks for posting this, I'll be on the lookout for these. My favorites are Bylsma's first set, Tortelier's, and Starker's. I like Wispelwey's, too. He's a much more interesting musician than Yo Yo Ma.