The Cello Suites - Inspired by Bach (From the Six-Part Film Series)

The Cello Suites - Inspired by Bach (From the Six-Part Film Series)

by Yo-Yo Ma
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The Cello Suites - Inspired by Bach (From the Six-Part Film Series)

Yo-Yo Ma's second recording of Bach's "Cello Suites," released in 1997, came about after he heard a quote by Albert Schweitzer describing Bach as a pictorial composer. That led Ma to ask six directors and several other artists from different disciplines to collaborate with him on a series of short films -- part documentary, part performance -- each one based on one of the suites. The resulting mini-series, titled Inspired by Bach, was shown on television in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and at various film festivals. Each of the suites in this recording, however, isn't necessarily the exact soundtrack for the film it goes with, but it was what the other artists involved in the project used as their inspiration. The main question is: separate from the films, how does this set of suites differ from Ma's 1983 set? In general, Ma's interpretation isn't that different from the earlier recording. It isn't necessarily more mature, since only 12 years separate the recordings, and the 1983 version was already musically mature. It isn't more technically pure or historically authentic. What seems different is that each suite seems a little more distinct from the others, the movements within more cohesive, and that Ma's playing feels more instinctive, relaxed, and organic and even more openly communicative than the earlier recording. He's not exaggerating any of his dynamic, tempo, or phrasing decisions, yet there's a sense that he's letting the music flow naturally through his instrument. The dance movements truly dance, and even the more introspective movements of "Suites No. 2" and "No. 3" offer some captivation for the casual listener. It's as if Ma was inspired by the other artists involved in the project to be as honest as possible with them in how the music speaks to him.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/1998
Label: Imports
UPC: 0074646320327
catalogNumber: 1146186

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007

    1. Prélude  (02:21)
    2. Allemande  (04:36)
    3. Courante  (02:32)
    4. Sarabande  (03:23)
    5. Menuett 1 & 2  (03:35)
    6. Gigue  (01:48)
  2. Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008

    1. Prélude  (05:08)
    2. Allemande  (03:40)
    3. Courante  (01:52)
    4. Sarabande  (05:07)
    5. Menuett 1 & 2  (03:03)
    6. Gigue  (02:26)
  3. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

    1. Prélude  (03:17)
    2. Allemande  (03:35)
    3. Courante  (03:00)
    4. Sarabande  (04:46)
    5. Bourrée 1 & 2  (03:19)
    6. Gigue  (03:04)
  4. Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010

    1. Sarabande  (05:03)
    2. Bourrée 1 & 2  (05:13)
    3. Gigue  (02:56)
    4. Prélude  (05:24)
    5. Allemande  (04:36)
    6. Courante  (03:54)

Disc 2

  1. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

    1. Prélude  (06:36)
    2. Allemande  (06:26)
    3. Courante  (02:08)
    4. Sarabande  (03:32)
    5. Gavotte 1 & 2  (04:24)
    6. Gigue  (02:58)
  2. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

    1. Prélude  (04:38)
    2. Allemande  (08:10)
    3. Courante  (04:01)
    4. Sarabande  (05:19)
    5. Gavotte 1 & 2  (03:42)
    6. Gigue  (03:35)

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Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist

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Bach The Cello Suites Yo-Yo Ma 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We are all sure peace is important, but taking the language to pieces is really too bad. Thank goodness YoYo is above all that and lets the music speak, instead of his grammar. We are all lucky to be in an age of recording quality combined with artistic talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen the videos and enjoyed it immensely, but listening to the CD was wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doing his job, Ma shows that he is and will be the best for times to come. This is the best I've ever heard these peaces played, and he deserves ample credit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A stunning and very deep performance by Mr. Ma. His gift of playing the Cello exceptionally really comes through in these performances. This CD is for anyone who enjoys solo Cello performances!! Bravo Mr. Ma we love you both truthfully and expeditiously. BRAVO! BRAVO!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's so voluptuous and hypnotic...
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