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Bach: Suites for Solo Cello / Philip Higham

Audio Samples

  1. Bach — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bach — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: V. Menuets I & II $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach — Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: VI. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach — Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach — Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bach — Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach — Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach — Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: V. Menuets I & II $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach — Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: VI. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach — Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach — Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach — Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bach — Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach — Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: V. Bourrées I & II $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach — Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: VI. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach — Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach — Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bach — Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bach — Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bach — Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: V. Bourrées I & II $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bach — Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: VI. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: V. Gavottes I & II $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Bach — Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: VI. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Bach — Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: I. Prélude $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Bach — Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: II. Allemande $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Bach — Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: III. Courante $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Bach — Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: IV. Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Bach — Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: V. Gavottes I & II $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Bach — Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: VI. Gigue $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for keyboard in A minor, BWV 818 (BC L25)
>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
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Philip Higham's début recording of Benjamin Britten's three solo suites won acclaim across the board, including Disc of the Month accolades from both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. For his recording of the Bach Suites, Higham returned to Anna Magdalena Bach's manuscript copy of the works, recently the object of some controversy. For Higham, however, the manuscript is not a provocation to speculation over authorship but to return to interpretations that are broadly and deeply conceived. Not afraid to question received wisdom, Higham's thoughtful yet daring approach also leads him to combine elements of period and modern style both in his playing and in his choice of instruments - a 1697 cello for the first five suites and a 2013 five-string instrument to bring out the extraordinary range of colors with which Bach invested the crowning sixth.

Philip Higham's debut recording, a disc of Benjamin Britten's three solo suites, won acclaim across the board, including Disc of the Month accolades from both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. He has chosen to follow it directly with the Bach suites which were Britten's inspiration, and which remain pinnacles of the repertoire for any cellist. Higham has returned to Anna Magdalena Bach's manuscript copy of the works, recently the object of some controversy. For Higham, however, the manuscript is a provocation not to speculation over authorship but to interpretations at once broadly and deeply conceived. Not afraid to question received wisdom, Higham's thoughtful yet daring approach also leads him to combine elements of period and modern style both in his playing and in his choice of instruments - a 1697 cello for the first five suites and a 2013 five-string instrument to bring out the extraordinary range of colours with which Bach invested the crowning Sixth.

Sunday Times, 2nd August 2015
What's most impressive about these compelling readings is that Higham avoids the romanticist's self-indulgently furrowed brow without sacrificing intensity.

Early Music Review, 1st August 2015
I reckon Higham could just have been handed a twig from a tree and he would have made beautiful music! ... I will be impressed if he can better these renditions.

The Scotsman, 15th August 2015
There's a beautifully meditative quality to these performances of Bach's solo cello Suites by Philip Higham that is both soothing and questioning ... the entire set displays a seamless flow of invention that takes us from the pragmatic virtuosity of the 1st to the heart-tugging emotion of the 6th as if on a life's journey. Higham's use of a 5-string instrument in the latter endows the finale of this 2-CD set with a prophetic, luminescent glow.

BBC Music Magazine, October 2015
Here's a snapshot of a highly gifted musician in the midst of an exploratory process... he's gone back to Anna Magdalena's copy, finding a variant of the opening material in the D major Prelude which adds a piquant suspension to the pattern. Higham has also absorbed its asymmetric implied bowings, bringing a fascinating, fluid tension to the G major Prelude, in particular.

Gramophone Magazine, September 2015
Higham plays his usual warm and fulsome Testore for Suites Nos. 1 to 5 but swaps to a clean and crisp modern five-string Roth cello for the filigree Sixth Suite. It is hard to imagine how Higham could have done better than choose these very different instruments to elicit the combinations of tone and colour that he is able to achieve across the Suites.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (2014-08-02_2014-08-04&2014-).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: The Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (2014-08-02_2014-08-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for keyboard in A minor, BWV 818 (BC L25)
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: The Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (2014-08-02_2014-08-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1705

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: The Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (2014-08-02_2014-08-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: The Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (2014-08-02_2014-08-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: The Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (2014-08-02_2014-08-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
  • Performer: Philip Higham (Cello)
  • Notes: The Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood (2014-08-02_2014-08-04&2014-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720