"(...) Dumas plays with extraordinary virtuosity and expressive power, though the excessive rubato and brooding weight of Romantic interpretations are replaced by agile rhythms and a lightness of tone that is rare in cello music. Dumas also reverses bowing, in the manner of playing a viola da gamba, and this technique produces greater resonance than conventional bow strokes. Because she regards her work on the suites as a research project, Dumas has aimed at a more objective approach rather than a subjective reading, though her playing is by no means mechanical and her expressiveness still shines through in her artistic shaping of the harmony and the sound, though without Romantic gestures or self-indulgent moodiness."
Blair Sanderson, allmusic.com
Le Bach du dimanche, France Musique, by Corinne Schneider
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"Some move the bow as is customary on the viola da gamba, that is, instead of a down-stroke from left to right for the principal notes, they make an up-stroke from right to left, beginning from the tip of the bow."
J. J. Quantz about cellists, Berlin, 1752
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