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Bach & Cage: Chorale / Berger


Release Date: 09/08/2017 
Label:  Solo Musica   Catalog #: 270  
Composer:  John CageJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius BergerImmanuel Jun Berger
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Julius Berger writes of his new release: "Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites for cello solo are arguably the purest form of music, works that require no explanation or background knowledge. Johann Sebastian Bach made one of his most profound affirmations, a Gradus ad Parnassum, which in six stages sets out an intellectual and technical challenge that is and will probably remain peerless in the history of music for our instrument. My colleague and friend, Prof. Peter Langgartner from the Mozarteum University of Salzburg pointed out to me that the Prelude of the first suite contains Luther’s chorale “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her” (from Heaven above, from thence I come). I had always presumed so and was grateful for confirmation that the Read more cello suites make allusions to chorales and religious messages. I have therefore found a musical way of opening a spiritual door to the suites and added chorales to Suites 1, 3, and 5 in the mould of sounds from John Cage’s work One 8, chorales that in my opinion are definitely consistent with messages conveyed in the suites. I find that John Cage’s music shares similarities with Bach’s. His music allows for inner reflection, providing a contemplative point of calm. Cage said the purpose of music is “to cleanse the soul and bring it peace, thus making it amenable to divine influences”. My son Immanuel intones the chorales to this special music; each chorale is followed by two Bach suites." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
One8: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich he by John Cage
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello), Immanuel Jun Berger (Treble)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
One8: Gelobt sei Gott im höchsten Thron by John Cage
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello), Immanuel Jun Berger (Treble)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
5.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
7.
One8: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden by John Cage
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello), Immanuel Jun Berger (Treble)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
8.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
9.
Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Julius Berger (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

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