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Bach: Cello Suites / Dmitry Badiarov

Bach,J.s. / Badiarov
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Ramee   Catalog #: 1003   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For which instrument Bach actually wrote his six suites for unaccompanied violoncello? Pictures, writings, and surviving instruments show that early violoncellos were made in different sizes, ranging from the size of a large viola to the modern full-sized violoncello. The modern cello is ordinarily held between the legs like a bass viol. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries this was not the only possible hold, especially not for small instruments. Bach possessed several violoncello piccolos with both four and five strings. These were made by Johann Christian Hoffmann, a contemporary of Bach in Leipzig. Historical evidence suggests that the appropriate type of violoncello for Bach's suites is that made by Hoffmann, and that, when Read more played on the arm ('da spalla') like a violin, the number of unavoidable shifts is no more than average for baroque music. A violin or viola player can rapidly become accustomed to the fingering, which is almost identical to that of the violin. While not a single source mentions that Bach played the violone or viola da gamba, he is known to have been a capable violinist and viola-player. We can suppose that Bach himself had been the first player of these two great cycles of solo compositions. The present recording suggests a fascinating and convincing interpretation of the Six Cello Suites on violoncello da spalla by Dmitry Badiarov, one of the leading figures in the reconstruction of this instrument, and one of its most promising players. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2009 
Venue:  Church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Ba 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2009 
Venue:  Church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Ba 
Length: 17 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2009 
Venue:  Church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Ba 
Length: 16 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2009 
Venue:  Church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Ba 
Length: 20 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2009 
Venue:  Church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Ba 
Length: 18 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/2009 
Venue:  Church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, Ba 
Length: 25 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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