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J.S. Bach: 6 Suites de Danses / Gérard Caussé, Laurent Terzieff

Audio Samples

>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Les Cahiers de Malte Laurids Brigge
>     Pour écrire un seul vers, il faut avoir vu beaucoup de villes,
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Chant de l'amour et de la mort du cornette Christophe Rilke
>     Chevaucher, chevaucher, chevaucher, le
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Le Livre des Images
>     Le Garçon
>     Heure grave
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Poesies nouvelles
>     Le Carrousel (Jardin du Luxembourg)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Le Livre d'Heures
>     Le Livre de la pauvreté et de la mort
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Elegies de Duino
>     Neuvième Élégie
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

Album Summary

>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Les Cahiers de Malte Laurids Brigge
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Chant de l'amour et de la mort du cornette Christophe Rilke
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Le Livre des Images
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Poesies nouvelles
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Le Livre d'Heures
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Elegies de Duino
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gérard Caussé, one of the world's great viola players, takes on the epic musical challenge of the six suites that Bach composed for cello. Joining Caussé is another distinguished French artist, the actor Laurent Terzieff, who died in 2010. Between each suite, Terzieff reads poems by the poet Rainer-Maria Rilke, Bohemian-born, but deeply influenced by French culture. The distinguished French viola player Gérard Caussé has made a number of appearances in the Virgin Classics catalogue, notably as a colleague to Renaud and Gautier Capuçon in music by Brahms and Schubert. Here, he is the sole musician, playing Bach's Six Cello Suites, works of inexhaustible fascination and depth, in a version for viola. "Playing them on the viola is an almost unprecedented adventure," he says. "My instrument, a 1560 Gaspard Da Salo, my musical companion for life, is resonating in these Bach suites for the first time." Caussé is, however, joined by another performer on this 2-CD set. He is the French actor and director, Laurent Terzieff, reading poems (in French) by Rainer-Maria Rilke, the Bohemian-Austrian poet (1875 - 1926), who spent a highly formative period in Paris, especially notable for his contact with the sculptor Auguste Rodin.

Gramophone Magazine
This is not, of course, a period performance. Causse freely indulges in rubato, treads warily through the chordal passages and is sparing with ornamentation. The rubato is most successful in the expansive preludes and less so in the smaller-scale movements styled as dances.

MusicWeb International, July 2012
In all, then, these are warmly textured, rhythmically somewhat devitalised accounts. They are lovely as examples of viola playing but they don't always reach to the heart of the music.

BBC Music Magazine, September 2012
Causse's approach is strangely old-fashioned. The Preludes are aptly rhapsodic: a glorious acoustic gathers up the harmony and counterpoint hidden within Bach's single line...Alluring for fluent French-speakers; less so for the rest of the world.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-).



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>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Les Cahiers de Malte Laurids Brigge :: Pour écrire un seul vers, il faut avoir vu beaucoup de villes,
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Chant de l'amour et de la mort du cornette Christophe Rilke :: Chevaucher, chevaucher, chevaucher, le
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Le Livre des Images :: Le Garçon
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Poésies nouvelles :: Le Carrousel (Jardin du Luxembourg)
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Le Livre des Images :: Heure grave
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Le Livre d'Heures :: Le Livre de la pauvreté et de la mort
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Rilke, Rainer Miaria : Dans Élégies de Duino :: Neuvième Élégie
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  • Performer: Gérard Caussé (Viola)
  • Notes: Auditorium de Pigna, Haute Corse, France (2010-06-16_2010-06-20&2010-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720