Bruno Cocset and Les Basses Reunies "Cello Stories: The Cello in the 17th and 18th Centuries" (Alpha Classics, Five Discs plus 167 pages of text in English and French and German translation).
The Europeans seem to have invented a new and rather marvelous pedagogical way to perform and teach musical history in books that come with several discs of marvelously played illustrative performance.
The most famous up to now have been those of Jordi Savall. Instead of boxes of records with lengthy booklets enclosed, these are books with discs enclosed.
In the words of the old joke, musicologists are those who know everything there is to know about music but hate the sound of the stuff. This is musicology explored by those who love the sound of the stuff. Cocset's peformances aren't exactly on the level of Casals, Yo-Yo Ma or Janos Starker but then whose are? Along with two whole discs of music by J.S. Bach, Cocset plays works by Frescobaldi, Vivaldi, Marcello, Barriere, Geminiani and Boccherini among others.
3 stars (out of four)