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J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites, Nos 1-3 / Jitka Vlasankova, cello

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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
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

J.S. Bach clearly thought of the solo Cello Suites as real cycles (no key repetition), while their textures are not as strongly polyphonic as those of his works for the solo violin. It is sometimes thought, therefore, that they were written somewhat earlier, but that is only an assumption. Their invention, technical prowess and form guarantee Bach's output for solo cello its permanent place in the repertoire, as well as representing a great challenge to every cellist. A member of the Martinu Quartet, Jitka Vlaánková ranks among the finest of contemporary Czech cello soloists.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Here I meet a new cellist from Prague. She has won several prizes and is a member of the Martinu Quartet. Her interpretation of these suites is warm and poetic. Vlasankova contributes a comment to the liner notes about her inspiration for making the recording. She took part in a celebration of the 140th birthday of Rainer Maria Rilke that included her performance of the suites and found herself relating her interpretations to passages in Rilke's poetry. It is an interesting thought. These are effective and affectionate readings of these famous works. The recorded quality is clear and natural.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Protestant church at Korunní, Prague (04/2014).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  • Performer: Jitka Vlasankova (Cello)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  • Performer: Jitka Vlasankova (Cello)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  • Performer: Jitka Vlasankova (Cello)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720