Recorded on 04/01/2009, uploaded on 06/03/2009
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The Six Suites for
Unaccompanied Cello were most likely composed while Bach was Kapellmeister
in Cöthen. The suites utilize a variety of technical devices and traverse a
wide emotional range making them some of the most intimate chamber music, not
only within Bach’s oeuvre, but also
within the entire cello repertoire.
Like the Violin Suites that come from roughly the same time
period, the Cello Suites were long neglected after Bach’s death. While the
Violin Suites benefited from the “Bach Revival” carried out by such prominent
Romantic musicians like Felix Mendelssohn and Joseph Joachim, it wasn’t until
the cellist Pablo Casals began studying and performing the Cello Suites in the
early 1900s, and later recorded them in 1925, that they gained in public
No autograph manuscript exists for the suites and this has
ultimately led to some confusion as to the instrument Bach intended they be
performed on (if he even intended any particular instrument at all) since several
forms of the cello were in practical use during the 18th century.
There is a likely possibility that the final suite in D major was intended for
a five-string cello, referred to as the violoncello
piccolo and having a fifth string tuned to E above the A string, since
three sources refer to an instrument “a cinq cordes” (with five strings). Of
the six suites, this one is the only to exceed G above middle C and to utilize
the Tenor C clef, thus strengthening the argument for a five-stringed
The fifth suite in C minor was originally written in
scordatura with the A string tuned down a whole step to G. Today, versions
exist in the original tuning as well as with standard tuning. Some chords that
occur in the suite must be simplified if standard tuning is used. On the other
hand, standard tuning facilitates the melodic passages of the suite. Bach also
transcribed this suite for the lute and his autograph manuscript for it is
It would be better without the coughing in the background, which is somewhat like a speed bump when you are racing down the highway enjoying the wind on your face, the feel of the car, the sound of the engine and the thrill of the ride. *shrugs*..The piece is well played by the Artist, but the person in the background coughing occasionally during the performance deminishes the effect of the performance for the listener in general.
simply beautiful. I've been playing for three years and im not anywhere as talented as she is.
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