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Bach: Cello Suites / Ralph Kirshbaum


Release Date: 02/01/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61609   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The CD catalog suffers no lack of distinguished recordings of the Bach Cello Suites, whether full, mid-, or budget price. Ralph Kirshbaum's 1995 readings entice for several reasons. For starters, his slightly gruff yet compelling sonority is beautifully engineered. Second, Kirshbaum not only observes all of Bach's repeats, but also lavishes them with tasteful, expressive embellishments. The cellist's intonation rarely swerves from dead of center. A strong sense of tension and release governs Kirshbaum's rhythmic flexibility, which always keeps the music's dance origins afloat. Phrases are built from the bass lines up, as if Kirshbaum's cello was partitioned into organ-like registrations. In a field
Read more crowded with the likes of Fournier, Starker, Casals, Ma, Schiff, Rostropovich, and, for those who prefer baroque cello, Bylsma, it would be understandable yet quite unfair to overlook this first class release. You won't regret buying it.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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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:  Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 23 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2. Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 18 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3. Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 22 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4. Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 26 Minutes 8 Secs. 
5. Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 29 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6. Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ralph Kirshbaum (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 19 Minutes 57 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Suites for Cello, Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: Prelude
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: Allemande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: Courante
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: Sarabande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: Menuet I - Menuet II
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: Gigue
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Prelude
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Allemande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Courante
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Sarabande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Bourree I - Bourree II
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Gigue
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Prelude
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Allemande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Courante
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Sarabande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Gavotte I - Gavotte II
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Gigue
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Prelude
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Allemande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Courante
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Sarabande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Menuet I & II
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Gigue
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Prelude
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Allemande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Courante
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Sarabande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Bourree I - Bourree II
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Gigue
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012: Prelude
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012: Allemande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012: Courante
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012: Sarabande
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012: Gavotte I - Gavotte II
Suites for Cello, Suite No. 6 in D major BWV 1012: Gigue

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