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Al Fresco - Bach: Cello Suites / Pierre Fournier


Release Date: 10/09/2007 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 000988202   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pierre Fournier
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fournier’s Apollonian performances, recorded December 1960, are wonderfully felt, wonderfully played, and have a matchless amplitude and beauty of tone. With his meditative yet confident approach, the French cellist opens up an emotional realm mere mortals have the good fortune to inhabit only on very rare occasions. He plays the low C at the end of the concluding Gigue of the C minor Suite as if it were the alpha and omega of all the music ever written for the cello, which in a way it is; such insights abound in this mid-priced set. The recording is gorgeous. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, reviewing a previous issue on Deutsche Grammophon 419359. Fournier’s Apollonian performances, recorded December 1960, are wonderfully felt, wonderfully played, and have a matchless amplitude and beauty of tone. With his meditative yet confident approach, the French cellist opens up an emotional realm mere mortals have the good fortune to inhabit only on very rare occasions. He plays the low C at the end of the concluding Gigue of the C minor Suite as if it were the alpha and omega of all the music ever written for the cello, which in a way it is; such insights abound in this mid-priced set. The recording is gorgeous. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection, reviewing a previous issue on Deutsche Grammophon 419359. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 3 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Suite For Cello Solo No.1 In G, BWV 1007: 1. Prélude
Suite For Cello Solo No.1 In G, BWV 1007: 2. Allemande
Suite For Cello Solo No.1 In G, BWV 1007: 3. Courante
Suite For Cello Solo No.1 In G, BWV 1007: 4. Sarabande
Suite For Cello Solo No.1 In G, BWV 1007: 5. Menuet I-II
Suite For Cello Solo No.1 In G, BWV 1007: 6. Gigue
Suite For Cello Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1008: 1. Prélude
Suite For Cello Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1008: 2. Allemande
Suite For Cello Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1008: 3. Courante
Suite For Cello Solo No.5 In C Minor, BWV 1011: 4. Sarabande
Suite For Cello Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1008: 4. Sarabande
Suite For Cello Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1008: 5. Menuet I-II
Suite For Cello Solo No.5 In C Minor, BWV 1011: 5. Gavotte I-II
Suite For Cello Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1008: 6. Gigue
Suite For Cello Solo No.5 In C Minor, BWV 1011: 6. Gigue
Suite For Cello Solo No.6 In D, BWV 1012: 1. Prélude
Suite For Cello Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1009: 1. Prélude
Suite For Cello Solo No.6 In D, BWV 1012: 2. Allemande
Suite For Cello Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1009: 2. Allemande
Suite For Cello Solo No.6 In D, BWV 1012: 3. Courante
Suite For Cello Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1009: 3. Courante
Suite For Cello Solo No.6 In D, BWV 1012: 4. Sarabande
Suite For Cello Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1009: 4. Sarabande
Suite For Cello Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1009: 5. Bourrée I-II
Suite For Cello Solo No.6 In D, BWV 1012: 5. Gavotte I-II
Suite For Cello Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1009: 6. Gigue
Suite For Cello Solo No.6 In D, BWV 1012: 6. Gigue
Suite For Cello Solo No.4 In E Flat, BWV 1010: 1. Prélude
Suite For Cello Solo No.4 In E Flat, BWV 1010: 2. Allemande
Suite For Cello Solo No.4 In E Flat, BWV 1010: 3. Courante
Suite For Cello Solo No.4 In E Flat, BWV 1010: 4. Sarabande
Suite For Cello Solo No.4 In E Flat, BWV 1010: 5. Bourrée I-II
Suite For Cello Solo No.4 In E Flat, BWV 1010: 6. Gigue
Suite For Cello Solo No.5 In C Minor, BWV 1011: 1. Prélude
Suite For Cello Solo No.5 In C Minor, BWV 1011: 2. Allemande
Suite For Cello Solo No.5 In C Minor, BWV 1011: 3. Courante

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