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Bach: 6 Cello Suites / Jaap Ter Linden


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2907346   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a welcome reissue of the Dutch cellist’s 1996 recording, made using two different period instruments: a standard four-string cello crafted between 1725 and 1730 by Carlo Bergonzi (Suites Nos. 1-5), and a five-string instrument built by Antonius and Hieronymus Amati and dating from around 1600 (Suite No. 6). Ter Linden’s playing is disciplined and informed, but in no sense dry. Indeed, his accounts sound almost improvisatory; without ever losing touch with the dance rhythms at the heart of the music, they seem quite freely phrased and rhapsodic in feeling. The cellist, while sparing in his use of vibrato, employs it very effectively as a way of giving lyrical profile to the line. And he is well served by both of his instruments. The Read more tone of the Bergonzi cello is powerful but not too gruff at the bottom, a touch shallow in the middle, and gamba-like at the top, while that of the Amati is sweet and plangent, giving the D major suite an exquisitely bright sound. The recording is superbly engineered, and so revealing that we hear plenty of huffing and puffing as Ter Linden negotiates the toughest passages in these supremely challenging pieces. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jaap ter Linden (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

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