I don't have much to say about set-up, but I'd just observe that many (perhaps most) cellists do not exert themselves to do the printed slurs.  More often is simply one bow per bar.  Yo-Yo has an interesting take on the first four bars: starts up-bow, slurring two bars; repeat on down-bow.  My biggest problem with the opening is that yucky shift to the Bb at the end.  If only I could get enough projection on the D-string to avoid it!