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Bach: Cello Suites / Nathaniel Rosen


Release Date: 12/21/1994 
Label:  John Marks Records   Catalog #: 6   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 16 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Mr. Rosen’s interpretations are daring and free-spirited, an approach that is evident nearly from the start. …there is something persuasive about the broad strokes in which he paints." -- The New York Times

"…they unfold beautifully and lyrically, impelled by a technique that is at once virtuosic and unselfconscious. …I have not heard a more natural cello sound on CD, and it is rather rare on LP as well…. RECORDING OF THE MONTH" -- Stereophile

"[Rosen’s] Bach solo cello suites combine elegance of articulation with an imaginative flair that blows the scholarly dust off these pieces." -- The Chicago Tribune

"Nathaniel Rosen’s recording of the six Bach cello suites
Read more are the kind of deeply considered readings we’d expect of a mature artist, but there’s no lack of the technical sparkle and shameless electricity that helped Rosen win the 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition." -- Stereo Review

"Even in a market crowded with performances of the Bach cello suites, I can certainly recommend this production highly. …there’s no doubt that these are interpretations from a first-rate cellist and musical thinker." -- Fanfare

"Rosen's view of the Bach moves from a highly charged atmosphere at the opening Preludes to a cold sobriety in the slow movements. Yet one is never in doubt that he feels passionately about these works, and even when you do not agree with his view of the music, there is commitment to his interpretation that is far preferable to the boring neutrality to which these Suites are so often subjected. … Those tired of ephemeral Bach interpretations would be well advised to hear these discs …." -- The Strad
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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:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 22 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 19 Minutes 9 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 24 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 24 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 24 Minutes 41 Secs. 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathaniel Rosen (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase, New York 
Length: 21 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Cello Suite no 1: I. Prelude
Cello Suite no 1: V. Minuet

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