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David W Moore
American Record Guide, January 2018

These suites are basic love bugs for me and for most cellists. Clearly they affect young Australian Richard Narroway in a similar way. He plays them in a warm fashion that recalls to me the close-up involvement that Pablo Casals brought to them in his recording back in the 1930s. Narroway is also aware of early music style and uses little vibrato, making his handling of chordal passages clean and clear; yet his sensitive use of rubato gives the music a very emotionally satisfying feeling. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Donald Rosenberg
Gramophone, November 2017

The Australian cellist Richard Narroway avoids extremes on his new disc of the six suites and in doing so contributes an individual and riveting account to the long list of distinguished takes on some of Bach’s most personal ideas.

Narroway plays the suites on a modern cello, even as he reveals a keen grasp of historical performance practices. He uses vibrato only to colour certain notes, allowing much of the music to emerge with understated grandeur. Every movement comes across as an adventure in expressive possibility. Narroway builds and connects phrases in ways that point out the endless implications of the music, whether Bach’s dances move on the tips of their feet or probe philosophical corners.

The cello is a messenger of exhilarating and pensive authority in Narroway’s hands. Rhythms crackle with energy and clarity when the music suggests these qualities. In the longest phrases, Narroway maintains a fine balance between tension and release, which has the effect of keeping the listener eager to hear what will happen next.

The cellist rises to greatest heights in the sarabandes, especially in the Third Suite, where the music—at once grave and noble—requires a kind of mature patience that challenges every interpreter, regardless of age or approach. Narroway, only in his mid-twenties, honours Bach with artistry of captivating sensitivity. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Terry Robbins
The WholeNote, October 2017

Narroway has a lovely rich sound that never overwhelms, with beautiful phrasing and a fine rhythmic sense that is given room to breathe and expand. It’s all bursting with life and sounds quite effortless. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review




Infodad.com, September 2017

Narroway’s tempos are carefully chosen, his reduced use of vibrato is admirable, his handling of ornamentation is intelligent and aware, and his overall interpretation of the suites’ movement sequences is carefully managed and creates a satisfying arc for each of the works. …there is something refreshing in hearing a performer who uses a modern instrument but does so with so much sensitivity to the nuances of the time when this music was created. …the grandeur of this music makes it common for people to own multiple recordings, and Narroway’s is certainly intriguing enough to become a thought-provoking supplement to whatever an individual’s primary preference may be. © 2017 Infodad.com Read complete review





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