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Bach: The Cello Suites - According to Anna Magdalena / Haimovitz

Bach,J.s. / Haimovitz,Matt
Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 186555   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Fresh on the heels of his period instrument recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations with pianist Christopher O’Reilly, BEETHOVEN, Period., Matt Haimovitz releases J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites (according to Anna Magdelena), played on baroque cello and cello piccolo, the five-string instrument for which Bach’s Sixth Suite was likely intended. The original manuscript of Bach’s Cello Suites is lost; it is Bach’s second wife Anna Magdalena whom we have to thank for the handwritten copy handed down to posterity, and Pablo Casals for the return of the suites to public performance. In 2000, Matt Haimovitz, by then a former child
Read more prodigy of thirty, jump-started the alt-classical revolution by performing Bach’s complete cello suites in folk clubs and rock venues, including NYC’s now-defunct CBGBs. That same year’s 3CD release of the suites launched the newborn Oxingale Record label.

Review:

Haimovitz's second recording of the Suites is not one for the faint-hearted. Despite the excessive mannerism of the first three Suites, this collection achieves a genuine elegance that, although hard-won, is worth the investment. Those seeking beauty for beauty's sake may want to look elsewhere…but those who want to be challenged without compromising tone or tuning, both of which are impeccable here, should look no further.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz (Cello Piccolo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2015 
Venue:  The Academy of Arts and Letters, New Yor 
Length: 12 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz (Cello Piccolo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2015 
Venue:  The Academy of Arts and Letters, New Yor 
Length: 16 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz (Cello Piccolo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2015 
Venue:  The Academy of Arts and Letters, New Yor 
Length: 16 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz (Cello Piccolo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2015 
Venue:  The Academy of Arts and Letters, New Yor 
Length: 17 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz (Cello Piccolo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2015 
Venue:  The Academy of Arts and Letters, New Yor 
Length: 19 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Matt Haimovitz (Cello Piccolo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2015 
Venue:  The Academy of Arts and Letters, New Yor 
Length: 23 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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