Anner Bylsma

Biography

Born: February 17, 1934; The Hague, The Netherlands  
Playing with impeccable technique and a beautiful, unadulterated tone, Anner Bylsma is acknowledged as a master cellist, comfortable in a wide range of music on both period and modern cellos. As they were for many gifted musicians, his first lessons were from a parent, in this case his father, also a multi-talented musician. At the age of 16, he enrolled at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, to study with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp, principal Read more cellist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. It was Boomkamp who introduced Bylsma to the Baroque cello. Bylsma won the school's Prix d'excellence in 1957, and after becoming the Netherlands Opera Orchestra's principal cellist, he won first prize in the Casals Competition in Mexico in 1959. He himself then became principal cellist of the Concertgebouw in 1962. Six years later he left the orchestra to devote his performing career to solo and chamber ensemble touring. His chamber music collaborators often included period flutist Frans Brueggen, harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt, and in the 1990s-2000s keyboardists Malcolm Bilson and Jos van Immerseel. Bylsma was also a co-founder of the string chamber ensemble L'Archibudelli. As a solo performer he plays regularly with such orchestras as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Freiburger Barock, and the twentieth century music ensemble Rondom Kwartet.

Bylsma is also a noted scholar and teacher and author of Bach -- The Fencing Master, about the first three of Bach's Cello Suites. His playing is always based on what he finds in the composers' manuscripts. However, he quickly admits that his interpretation of a work is not and should not be the only one, which he also impresses on his students. Although he doesn't like to use the term "authentic," it is in keeping with period performance that he avoids the use of steel strings, and this is a major element of his tone. Both his 1695 Gofriller cello and his 1865 Pressenda are strung with gut or silver-wrapped gut. He also has a five-string "violoncello piccolo" that he has used to record Bach's solo works.

His recordings can be found on a variety of labels, covering a variety of works, from Vivaldi to Hindemith. Many of his recordings on Sony, both as a soloist and with L'Archibudelli, have won the Edison prize, the Diapason d'or, the Liszt prize, and the Vivaldi prize. Read less

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Biography

Born: February 17, 1934; The Hague, The Netherlands  
Playing with impeccable technique and a beautiful, unadulterated tone, Anner Bylsma is acknowledged as a master cellist, comfortable in a wide range of music on both period and modern cellos. As they were for many gifted musicians, his first lessons were from a parent, in this case his father, also a multi-talented musician. At the age of 16, he enrolled at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, to study with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp, principal Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Menuett I & II
Gigue
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Menuett I & II
Gigue
Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Bourrée I & II
Gigue
Cello Concerto in A major Wq.172 / H.439 (Cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): I. Allegro
Cello Concerto in A major Wq.172 / H.439 (Cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): II. Largo con sordini, mesto
Cello Concerto in A major Wq.172 / H.439 (Cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): III. Allegro assai
Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq.170 / H.439 (Cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): I. Allegro assai
Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq.170 / H.439 (Cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): II. Andante
Cello Concerto in A minor, Wq.170 / H.439 (Cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): III. Allegro assai
Cello Concerto in B flat major, Wq.171 / H.436 (cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): I. Allegretto
Cello Concerto in B flat major, Wq.171 / H.436 (cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): II. Adagio
Cello Concerto in B flat major, Wq.171 / H.436 (cadenzas: Anner Bylsma): III. Allegro assai
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 2 in F Major for Violoncello and Basso Continuo, RV 41: I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 3 in A minor for Violoncello and Basso Continuo, RV 43: I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 4 in B-flat Major for Violoncello and Basso Continuo, RV 45: I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 5 in E minor for Violoncello and Basso Continuo, RV 40: I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 6 in B-flat Major for Violoncello and Basso Continuo, RV 46: I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo, Allegro
III. Andante cantabile
IV. Allegro moderato
Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 "Ghost": I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
III. Presto
Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Bourrée I & II
Gigue
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Gavotte I & II
Gigue
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Gavotte I & II
Gigue
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante
III. Scherzo, Presto
IV. Tema, Andantino - Variations I-VI - Allegretto
V. Finale, Allegro giusto
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, (Op. posth) D. 821 "Arpeggione": I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto. Presto
IV. Finale. Presto
String Quartet in F Major, Hob. III:82 (Op. 77, No. 2): I. Allegro moderato
II. Menuetto. Presto, ma non troppo
III. Andante
IV. Finale. Vivace assai
String Quartet in D minor, Hob. III: 83 (Op. 103): I. Andante grazioso
II. Menuetto. Presto, ma non troppo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante un poco mosso
III. Scherzo, Allegro - Trio
IV. Rondo, Allegro vivace
Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Violoncello, D. 929 (Op. 100): I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo. Allegro moderato - Trio
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante ma moderato
III. Scherzo, Allegro molto - Trio, Animato
IV. Rondo, Poco Allegretto e grazioso
Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36: I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo. Allegro non troppo - (Trio) Presto giocoso
III. Adagio
IV. Poco Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale. Presto
Trio No. 44 in E Major, Hob. XV: 28: I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Finale. Allegro
Trio No. 45 in E-flat Major, Hob XV: 29: I. Poco Allegretto
II. Andantino ed innocentemente
III. Finale. Allemande. Presto assai
Trio No. 42 in E-flat Major, Hob. XV: 30: I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto
III. Presto


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