Bach: Unaccompanied Cello Suites

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When Yo-Yo Ma made his first recording of J. S. Bach's six suites for solo cello in 1982, he was already a classical celebrity but not yet the superstar he would soon become. This recording, in fact, was one of the key steps in his rise to the top: Not only did it earn the first of his long list of Grammy Awards, but on a less tangible level, like Glenn Gould's "Goldberg" Variations in the 1950s, Ma's Bach was the one classical LP everyone seemed to own in the '80s. It's no less inspiring now than it was two decades ago, partly because it's like a crucible for all the praiseworthy qualities that have marked this musician's work since that time: the soulful intensity of ...
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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
When Yo-Yo Ma made his first recording of J. S. Bach's six suites for solo cello in 1982, he was already a classical celebrity but not yet the superstar he would soon become. This recording, in fact, was one of the key steps in his rise to the top: Not only did it earn the first of his long list of Grammy Awards, but on a less tangible level, like Glenn Gould's "Goldberg" Variations in the 1950s, Ma's Bach was the one classical LP everyone seemed to own in the '80s. It's no less inspiring now than it was two decades ago, partly because it's like a crucible for all the praiseworthy qualities that have marked this musician's work since that time: the soulful intensity of the Preludes and Sarabandes, the dark beauty of the Allemandes, the graceful lyricism of some Menuetts and Gigues -- and the propulsive rhythmic drive of others -- and the warmth and richness of Ma's tone throughout. Youthfully vibrant yet fully mature in their carefully considered approach to every detail of phrasing and expression, these performances set a high benchmark for modern cello playing, just as earlier recordings of the Bach suites by Casals and Fournier had done in their own time. Ma made a second recording of the suites in the late '90s, which became the soundtrack to a six-part film series -- and considering how central this music has been in his career, no one should be surprised if he returns to it again in the future. But this set remains irreplaceable, especially in its new midprice reissue in Sony's Great Performances series.
BBC Music Magazine - Michael Jameson
Ma’s earlier traversal brings direct, unfussy modernist interpretations. They’re muscular, crisply etched performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767875125
  • Catalog Number: 78751

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prélude (2:31)
  2. 2 Allemande (3:47)
  3. 3 Courante (2:26)
  4. 4 Sarabande (2:56)
  5. 5 Menuett (3:05)
  6. 6 Gigue (1:49)
  7. 7 Prélude (4:50)
  8. 8 Allemande (3:49)
  9. 9 Courante (3:42)
  10. 10 Sarabande (4:31)
  11. 11 Bourrée (5:04)
  12. 12 Gigue (2:35)
  13. 13 Prélude (6:18)
  14. 14 Allemande (5:22)
  15. 15 Courante (1:56)
  16. 16 Sarabande (3:18)
  17. 17 Gavotte (4:15)
  18. 18 Gigue (2:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Prélude (4:03)
  2. 2 Allemande (3:10)
  3. 3 Courante (1:48)
  4. 4 Sarabande (4:42)
  5. 5 Menuett (3:00)
  6. 6 Gigue (2:18)
  7. 7 Prélude (3:14)
  8. 8 Allemande (3:35)
  9. 9 Courante (2:27)
  10. 10 Sarabande (3:43)
  11. 11 Bourrée (3:23)
  12. 12 Gigue (3:07)
  13. 13 Prélude (4:11)
  14. 14 Allemande (7:01)
  15. 15 Courante (3:44)
  16. 16 Sarabande (4:30)
  17. 17 Gavotte (3:28)
  18. 18 Gigue (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Primary Artist, Cello
Technical Credits
Charles Harbutt Reissue Producer
Richard Einhorn Original Album Producer
Tammy Van Aken Package Manager
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing performance

    Five stars to Yo-yo-ma and his performance of the suites!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing, outstanding!

    As an intermediate cellist myself, I very much admire Yo-yo-ma for his love of the cello and the spirit he puts into his performance. He played in my town on 9/11/2001, and he chose beautiful pieces to play in memory of those we lost. His rendition of the Bach Cello suites is stunning. Having played a couple of them myself, I know they are difficult, but also very enjoyable to play. They are equally wonderful to hear, especially from a world class artist. Five stars to Yo-yo-ma and his performance of the suites!

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