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Bach: 6 Suites for Solo Cello / Pierre Fournier

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
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Notes & Reviews:

"...Here the cello is stretched to its limits. Stripped bare, the sound, wrenched from the instrument, has no equal, except in the spirituality which inhabits it...These masterpieces are shown with a luminosity that has no peer." -Repertoire

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Of all the great cellists, Pierre Fournier came closer to the heart of the music than almost any other. He seems to have possessed all the virtues of his fellow cellists without yielding to any of their self-indulgences. He could be brilliant in execution - his technique was second to none, as he proves throughout this set - profound in utterance, aristocratic in poise and wonderfully coherent in his understanding of Bach's articulation and phrases.

We need look no further than the Prelude of the First Suite in G major to find the supreme artistry which characterises each and every moment of these performances. There are very occasionally notes which fail to reach their centre but they're few and far between, and Fournier's intonation compares favourably with that of some of his virtuoso companions. Fournier's rubato is held tightly in rein and when he does apply it, it's in the interests of enlivening aspects of Bach's formal writing.

He can sparkle too, as he does in many of the faster dance-orientated movements such as courantes, gavottes and bourrées; in the sarabandes, he invariably strikes a note of grandeur coupled with a concentration amounting at times almost to abstraction. Above all, his Bach playing is crowned with an eloquence, a lyricism and a grasp of the music's formal and stylistic content which will not easily be matched. Fine recorded sound and strongly commended on virtually all counts.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  • Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  • Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  • Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
  • Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  • Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
  • Performer: Pierre Fournier (Cello)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720