Anner Bylsma on the, slightly bigger, 1701 Stradivarius Servais Cello is still my favorite (Sony) Bach Cello Suites Recording. It blew me of my socks first time I heard it. (at a funeral of all places)
Second choice for me would be Pierre Fournier..last choice Rostropovich, his suites have no flow whatsoever and i find then unlistenable, while I really love some of his other works and I respect the man dearly..
Pau (Pablo) Casals is a story in it self of course..I am mildly allergic to very old recordings but the sound is not to aweful, his play superb..Every fan should have his recordings, even if it was just for the historical perspective of this wonderful suites ..
Although I agree there is objectively no such thing as a 'definitive' rendition, subjectively Bylsma sure feel like that to me, for now anyway
Edited by Quinto - 3/12/14 at 2:37am