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Edition Bachakademie Vol 120 - Cello Suites /Pergamenschikow


Release Date: 07/13/1999 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 92120   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Boris Pergamenschikow
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Any worthy recording of Bach’s solo cello compositions celebrates the balance of mind and body, prayer and dance, scholarship and unspoiled intuition. Hanssler has done well to employ the considerable talents of Russian-born Boris Pergamenschikov for its Bach Edition set of the Suites. ‘Love, humility and respect are probably the most important virtues the treatment of this music demands of us,’ writes Pergamenschikov in the context of his booklet-notes, and he certainly backs his pen with his bow – though never at the expense of spontaneity. One of the most striking features of this set is the lavish way Pergamenschikov ornaments the musical line, usually in a repeat, but always with a convincing sense of style. He is equally adept at Read more charting the precise mood of each movement, making free with the various preludes (usually at a fairly fast tempo), pointing courantes with a lively staccato, drawing expressive weight from the sarabandes without obscuring their rhythmic profile and dancing through the various minuets and gigues. His phrasing is supple, flexible and musically varied, his use of vibrato subtly expressive within the parameters of period style.

There is a noticeable lilt to much of the phrasing (for example, the closing Gigue of Suite No. 2), and an expressive legato that is unhampered by excessive vibrato (Allemande of No. 3). Pergamenschikov indulges a genuine sense of play (the Bourree of No. 3 and, most especially, the second Gavotte of No. 6) and knows intuitively where to hold back, where to insert a tiny pause, and where to lean on the beginning of the bar. Tempos are mostly swift and while I suspect that period-performance practices provided Pergamenschikov with an interpretative starting-point, the playing is never formulaic. The recordings are excellent.

Contemplating Bach Cello Suites on disc inevitably inspires one to cry Vive la difference! So much choice, and so much of it genuinely inspired. Pergamenschikov should henceforth take his rightful place among the top modern recommendations, with the vital and frequently provocative Julius Berger as a fascinating alternative. Janos Starker offers perceptive – and matchlessly poised – performances from the older school, Bengtsson provides one of the warmest, most refined options and Anner Bylsma and Pieter Wispelwey represent the period-performance contingent. Rostropovich, Schiff and Ma will, of course, command strong loyalties but for me, Pergamenschikov, Berger, Bengtsson and Starker provide the finest stereo/analogue and digital recordings of this exalted repertoire.'

-- Gramophone [6/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Boris Pergamenschikow (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 22 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Boris Pergamenschikow (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 16 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Boris Pergamenschikow (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 20 Minutes 12 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Boris Pergamenschikow (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 22 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Boris Pergamenschikow (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 28 Minutes 17 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Boris Pergamenschikow (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Heidelberg 
Length: 18 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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