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For a lot of pieces we can't be absolutely sure of what's correct. But the best editions are often urtext editions that attempt to recreate the composer's intent as much as possible... 

Yes, urtext editions are not the Bible - they are very varied. In the case of Christopher Hogwood's Vivaldi Four Seasons for Barenreiter, there's room for much individual interpretation in things like phrasing and bow distribution.

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The Bach cello suites leave a lot of room for individual interpretation as well, because there isn't a surviving manuscript in Bach's hand.

The important thing about urtext editions is really that the editors show their work.

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AndrewH said
The Bach cello suites leave a lot of room for individual interpretation as well, because there isn't a surviving manuscript in Bach's hand.

Yes, I had two recordings of them, and they were very different. Rostropovich and Tortelier. One totally ignored all of the legato in the first prelude. I probably ditched that one.

The important thing about urtext editions is really that the editors show their work. 

Yes. In Classics you have critical editions. These consist of the text preferred by the editor and the apparatus criticus, which contains the original transmitted text(s) and a selection of others' amendments, all fully attributed. Even then, Anglo Saxon texts tend be less academically rigorous than Latin and Greek. Music almost certainly comes after Anglo Saxon!

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Had a nice day, thanks - 6 of us ate roast duck and red cabbage and roast potatoes, and I practised Beethoven's Spring sonata while the cooking was happening.

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