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Bach - Suites for cello solo

Pieter Wispelwey

Johann Sebastian Bach

SKU: 1090

Year of release: 1990

Suite no.1 in G dur 17:35
1. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 02:26
2. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 04:47
3. Couante Johann Sebastian Bach 02:39
4. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 02:49
5. Menuet I-II Johann Sebastian Bach 03:09
6. gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 01:43
Suite no.2 in d moll 20:18
7. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 03:22
8. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 03:51
9. Courante Johann Sebastian Bach 02:03
10. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 05:08
11. Menuet I-II Johann Sebastian Bach 03:08
12. gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 02:43
Suite no.6 in D dur 30:41
13. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 04:48
14. allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 07:31
15. courante Johann Sebastian Bach 03:49
16. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 06:05
17. Gavotte I-II Johann Sebastian Bach 04:18
18. Gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 04:07
Suite no.3 in C dur 22:43
19. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 03:26
20. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 04:38
21. Courante Johann Sebastian Bach 03:12
22. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 04:29
23. Bourréé Johann Sebastian Bach 03:25
24. Gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 03:30
Suite no.4 in Es dur 25:53
25. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 04:18
26. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 04:15
27. Courante Johann Sebastian Bach 03:28
28. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 05:32
29. Bourréé Johann Sebastian Bach 04:56
30. Gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 03:21
Suite no.5 in c moll 23:44
31. Prelude Johann Sebastian Bach 05:54
32. Allemande Johann Sebastian Bach 04:48
33. Courante Johann Sebastian Bach 02:08
34. Sarabande Johann Sebastian Bach 04:08
35. Gavotte I-II Johann Sebastian Bach 04:23
36. Gigue Johann Sebastian Bach 02:20
Total time: 140:55

About this album

Between the years 1717 and 1723 Johann Sebastian Bach works as ‘Hofkapellmeister’ in Xothen in the service of the German prince Leopold von Anhalt-Kthen. During his tenure there, Bach was concerned chiefly with secular instrumental music. Among the works composed in this period are the six Brandenburg Concertos, the first hook of Das Wohltemperierte Clavier and the first four French Suites. Leopold was an enthusiastic music lover. He played himself and maintained what was for the time an extraordinarily large court orchestra. It was made up of the very best musicians of the day. The gambist and cellist Ferdinand Christian Abel must have been an exceptional player, as Bach composed six suites for cello for him in 1720, the first important compositions for solo violoncello in the repertoire.

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