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Bach: 6 Suites A Violoncello Solo Senza Basso / Bruno Cocset

Bach / Cocset
Release Date: 07/20/2004 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 29   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bruno Cocset
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After hearing Bruno Cocset's impressive Jean Barriere recital (type Q8792 in review search), I couldn't wait to report on his performances of J.S. Bach's much more well-known cello suites. No surprise: he's remarkably good! As with the reference performances listed above, Cocset's range of tempos varies widely, his use of ornamentation is abundant and colorful--and most important, given how frequently and how thoughtfully he has reassessed the details as well as the overall scope of the cycle, you feel as if you're hearing these familiar masterpieces in a bold new way. His dramatically probing elongation of figures during the Second suite's Prelude, cocky rhythmic displays in the Fourth suite's third-movement Courante, and the often Read more humorous gradations of momentum in the Fifth suite's Gigue are only a few of many inspired instances.


Unlike any cellist known to me, Cocset uses four different cellos throughout his cycle in an effort to demonstrate the variety of sonic possibilities that Bach must have been aware of when composing these suites. Cocset employs the same instrument for the Second and Fourth suites, and another for the First and Fifth, though tuned scordature with its A-string lowered to a G. All of the cellos were made by Charles Riche (who is regarded as an equal collaborator for this project) after models dating from 1600 through 1734.


Now the bad news: the sound is both highly resonant and very close-up. The reflective, hard acoustic setting of the Chapel vault of the L'Hopital Notre-Dame may be accountable for the unnaturally wide speaker-to-speaker, in-the-body-of-the-instrument quality, though over-miking likely is the culprit in so vividly capturing Cocset's frequent distracting gasps, sighs, and percussive meanderings.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bruno Cocset (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 15 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bruno Cocset (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bruno Cocset (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 19 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bruno Cocset (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 22 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bruno Cocset (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 21 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Bruno Cocset (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Chapelle de l'Hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon 
Length: 26 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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