All cello-suites articles

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    Bach and me: Thomas Demenga on the Cello Suites


    This article appeared in The Strad October 2012 issue For me, Bach is the greatest musical genius who has ever lived. His music is pure, sublime, and devoid of the melodrama of his own life’s experiences: it possesses something divine and each musician has a lifetime in which ...

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    Masterclass: Bach Cello Suite no.5, Prélude, by Jean-Guihen Queyras


    Practical tips to help you master the challenges of this most fundamental of repertoire

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    Emmanuelle Bertrand: Bach


    Exhilaratingly brilliant, historically informed performances

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    Johnny Gandelsman - Allemande from sixth Cello Suite on 5-string violin


    This video captures violinist Johnny Gandelsman in the studio during sessions for his recording of violin transcriptions of the complete Bach Cello Suites. The project is being funded through Kickstarter - click here for the project page

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    Peter Gregson - Bach Recomposed: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, 6. Gigue


    A track from the album Recomposed by Peter Gregson - Bach - The Cello Suites, released last year by Deutsche Grammophon. For the album, Gregson wrote a full set of pieces reworking material from the Cello Suites for various combinations of solo cello, cello ensemble and electronics. It is part ...

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    Kim Kashkashian: Bach cello suites on viola


    Playing of subtle light and shade that will bring a smile to your face

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    Nicolas Altstaedt plays Sarabande from first cello suite


    German/French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt plays the Sarabande from Bach’s Cello Suite no.1 in G at the Bimhuis Amsterdam This is an excerpt from the 29 November 2015 edition of ‘Vrije Geluiden’ (Free Sounds), a programme on Dutch public broadcaster VPRO. More on:  

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    Yo-Yo Ma: Why Bach is relevant in the 21st century


    Yo-Yo Ma appears on The Andrew Marr Show, the BBC’s Sunday morning current events programme. 

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    Sentimental work: David Geringas on Bach's Cello Suite no.1


    In this article from 2016, the Lithuanian cellist reflects on how Bach’s Cello Suite no.1 has influenced some of the key moments of his life

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    Anastasia Kobekina plays prelude from Bach Cello Suite no.6


    Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina performs the prelude from Bach’s sixth cello suite. Kobekina is a Moscow Conservatory and Kronberg Academy graduate and currently studies with Jens Peter Maintz at the Berlin University of the Arts. Kobekina plays a 1743 G. B. Guadagnini cello, which is on loan to her as ...

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    Thomas Demenga: Bach Cello Suites


    Deeply thought-out performances of these much-recorded cornerstones 

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    Guy Johnston plays Bach in King's College Chapel on a 1714 cello by David Tecchler


    British cellist Guy Johnston plays the prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. His cello was built in Rome in 1714 by David Tecchler and is the subject of an ongoing project begun in 2014 by Johnston to ...

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    20 cellos in 1 minute


    Margarita Balanas visits Tom Woods Cellos in London and plays the first Bourrée from Bach’s Cello Suite no.3 on 20 instruments of various makers and eras, including J. B. Vuillaume, Thomas Kennedy, J&A Gagliano, Georges Chanot and Claude Miremont  

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    Renaud Garcia-Fons on the Sarabande from Bach's Fifth Cello Suite


    The Sarabande from Bach’s Fifth Cello Suite has a deeply personal resonance for the French bassist and composer – even though he’s never performed it in public

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    The Strad September 2017 issue
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    Celebrated American violin tutor Dorothy DeLay remembered by former students, including Itzhak Perlman and Philippe Quint

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    Britten: Cello Suites nos.1–3


    THE STRAD RECOMMENDSThe Strad Issue: February 2015Description: Immaculate but eloquent recordings of Britten’s solo cello suitesMusicians: Olivier Marron (cello)Composer: BrittenIt may well be true, as the composer David Matthews has suggested, that Britten’s three cello suites are the most important solo cello music since Bach. There’s no ...

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    Bach: Six Cello Suites BWV1007–12


    The Strad Issue: January 2015Description: Refreshingly understated accounts of Bach’s suitesMusicians: Viola de Hoog (cello)Composer: BachVersatile Dutch cellist Viola de Hoog offers substantially introverted accounts of Bach’s suites. Some characteristics of her mentor, Anner Bylsma, shine through her stylish interpretations, but her fertile musical imagination and detailed, ...