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Bach: Suites For Violoncello Solo / Anner Bylsma


Release Date: 02/09/1993 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 48047   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anner Bylsma
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is thought that Bach’s Suites for solo cello were written between 1717 and 1723, at about the same time as his works for solo violin, but no original manuscript remains. The cello suites are less flamboyant than the violin works, so present the greater challenge in communication; like Shakespeare’s texts, understanding depends on the subtlest of phrasing, rhythm and intonation.

The Dutch baroque cellist Anner Bylsma brings to this new set (he recorded the suites 11 years ago for RCA Seyon) a remarkable range of expression – vigorous, playful, impetuous and elegant, with extraordinarily fine articulation and elasticity of phrasing within the framework of each movement. Bylsma here records on one of Stradivarius’ great
Read more cellos, the ‘Servis’ dating from 1701, which is an extremely rare example of the ‘bassetti’, a large instrument 3 cm longer than the modern cello. For this recording, he uses a plain gut A string, with the three lower strings metal-overspun, which gives a particularly full, muscular sound, unusual for a baroque instrument.

-- Annette Morreau, BBC Music Magazine
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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:  Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 22 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 17 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 21 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed with the A-string tuned to G. 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 26 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed on a five string violoncello piccolo. 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Anner Bylsma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 19 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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