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Bach: Suites Nos. 1, 4, 5 / Maxis Rysanov

Bach,J.s. / Rysanov
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1783   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maxim Rysanov
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

During their first 200 years, Johann Sebastian Bach's solo suites for cello led a curiously obscure existence. By 1720, the time of their composition, suites of their kind were already beginning to seem slightly outdated, and many of the dances which in stylized form appear in them were going out of fashion. Furthermore, the cello was generally regarded as a continuo instrument, and pieces allowing it a more prominent role were few and far between. In consequence, the suites were rarely performed - especially in their entirety - and rather treated as more suited for teaching the instrument. They were also often regarded as incomplete, and the
Read more fact that Schumann, among others, attempted to provide them with piano accompaniments serves as an illustration of how foreign the concept of solo works for the cello remained. It is Pablo Casals who is credited with the rediscovery of the cello suites: encountering them in the 1890's, he first brought them to the concert hall around the turn of the century. Soon after, in 1916, came the first published edition of the suites arranged for the viola. But again they were mainly seen as learning aids for budding violists, and it is only during the past decades that they have become part of the concert and recording repertoire of international soloists on the instrument. The latest of these is the highly regarded Ukrainian-born violist Maxim Rysanov, named 2008 Young Artist of the Year by Gramophone. Rysanov's career has developed rapidly, with acclaimed recordings and high profile appearances, including the Last Night of the BBC Proms in 2010. For his first recording for BIS he has selected the first, fourth and fifth of Bach's suites - these works of which Casals once wrote: 'They are the very essence of Bach, and Bach is the essence of music.'
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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:  Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maxim Rysanov (Viola)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): I. Prelude
Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): II. Allemande
Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): III. Courante
Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): IV. Sarabande
Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): V. Bourree I-II
Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): VI. Gigue
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): I. Prelude
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): II. Allemande
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): III. Courante
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): IV. Sarabande
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): V. Gavotte I-II
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): VI. Gigue
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): I. Prelude
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): II. Allemande
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): III. Courante
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): IV. Sarabande
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): V. Menuet I-II
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (arr. S. Rowland-Jones for viola): VI. Gigue

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