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Bach: Cello Suites / Ophelie Gaillard

Bach / Gaillard
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Aparte   Catalog #: 17   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Bach Cello Suites are an iconic monument of the literature with which any serious cellist must grapple. Performances can vary from the metronomically precise just-play-the-notes approach to the other extreme in which a player's idiosyncratic interpretations are so pronounced that they become the center of attention rather than Bach's sublime music. This 2010 version is French cellist Ophélie Gaillard's second recording of the suites, the first made a decade earlier when she was in her mid-twenties. For the most part Gaillard's take on the music (like that of most sensible cellists) lies somewhere in between, but with some movements closer to the eccentric end of the spectrum. Gaillard's technical fluency is unimpeachable. Read more Her intonation, even in the most outrageous multiple-stop chords, is impeccable. She plays with a ripe, absolutely luscious tone that may not suit the taste of the most fervent period performance devotees but that would likely elicit wonder from just about everyone else. Her use of vibrato is circumspect and period-appropriate. She is scrupulous about observing repeats and her use of ornamentation is elegant and understated. The fluidity and unself-conscious physicality of Gaillard's playing keeps the listener aware that except for the preludes, this is sunny, dance-based music. Her handling of the faster movements is especially delightful; the Gigue from the Second Suite and the Bourées from the Fourth (among many others) are just plain fun."

-- Stephen Eddins, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (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:  Ophelie Gaillard (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:  Ophelie Gaillard (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:  Ophelie Gaillard (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:  Ophelie Gaillard (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:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 remarkable interpretation of a classic  April 6, 2012 By Henry Smith Miller S. (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "I was immediately struck after hearing only a few bars of the classic Back Cello Suites as rendered by Opheilie Galliard, that her interpretation was exceptional and uniquely her own, remarkable in its spatiality and presence - I was simply spellbound in a similar yet different way from when I first heard Yo-Yo Ma's rendition years ago - Opheilie's rendition reveals new territories in all too familiar landscape. KUDOS!" Report Abuse
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