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Bach: Cello Suites
     

Bach: Cello Suites

by Pablo Casals
 
It was the great Catalan cellist Pablo Casals who brought Bach's Suites for Solo Cello into the standard concert repertory. These days, self-respecting cellists always have all six suites under their fingers. Before Casals came along, however, this music was misunderstood and neglected; some musicians even felt that the rich cello lines

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It was the great Catalan cellist Pablo Casals who brought Bach's Suites for Solo Cello into the standard concert repertory. These days, self-respecting cellists always have all six suites under their fingers. Before Casals came along, however, this music was misunderstood and neglected; some musicians even felt that the rich cello lines were lacking piano accompaniment. One can imagine the joy listeners felt upon discovering these masterpieces through Casals's hands, and the persuasive power of his performances still blazes forth from these old recordings. The playing is not always immaculate, and for those used to modern ideas of Baroque performance practice, the cellist's romantic-style interpretive liberties may be jolting. But many decades later -- and many recordings later, too -- music lovers continue to turn to these performances for their unrivaled passion and imaginativeness.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Lionel Salter
[Casals] stressed the dance basis of the movements; and his vitality, rhythmic flexibility (to clarify the shape of phrases) and tonal nuance, and the vigour and variety of his bowing, still leap from the discs to impress the listener.... These performances remain the classic yardstick by which all later ones must be judged.
Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
[Casals] brought to the Cello suites insights that remain unrivalled.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724356261723
catalogNumber:
62617

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  1. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007  - Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008  - Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009  - Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010  - Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011  - Johann Sebastian Bach
  6. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012  - Johann Sebastian Bach

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