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J.S. Bach: Six Suites For Unaccompanied Cello / Winona Zelenka

Audio Samples

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

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

This two-CD release reflects Winona Zelenka's exploration of the Bach six unaccompanied Cello Suites. In some ways the journey has been typical of a cellist of her generation: from the ultra-romanticism of Casals, to the modernist logic of Starker, to a European school that has been more open to historical performance practice. In her search for Bach's intellectual and emotional meaning, Winona presents a powerful and expressive performance that is both true to the composer and uniquely her own. Winona Zelenka is one of Canada's finest cellists, known for her gorgeous, luminous tone and expressive brilliance. She electrifies audiences with her impeccable musicality, superb technique and elegant style. "Some of the most beautiful singing... came from the cello of Winona Zelenka. Her opening solo... was breathtaking - floating with effortless musicality." - National Post

Winona Zelenka is one of Canada's finest cellists, known for her gorgeous, luminous tone and expressive brilliance. On this new two-CD set she performs one of the most popular works in the repertoire, J. S. Bach's six unaccompanied Cello Suites.

In some ways the journey that Winona Zelenka has taken as a soloist has been typical of a cellist of her generation: from the ultra-romanticism of Casals, to the modernist logic of Starker, to a European school that has been more open to historical performance practice. Active as a soloist, as well as performing in chamber groups and symphony orchestras, she electrifies her audiences with her impeccable musicality, superb technique and elegant style.

The cello used in this recording was made in 1707 by Joseph Guarnerius of Cremona, Italy, son of Andrea and father of Joseph "Del Gesu". The Cremonese instruments of this period are considered the summit of achievement and this Guarneri is an excellent example. It is known for its rich magnificent tone.

This is one of the first four new releases on the Canadian label Marquis since Proper Note took over its distribution this month.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Pong Studio.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  • Performer: Winona Zelenka (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  • Performer: Winona Zelenka (Cello)
  • Notes: Pong Studio (12/13/2008-12/14/2008)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  • Performer: Winona Zelenka (Cello)
  • Notes: Pong Studio (02/06/2010-02/07/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  • Performer: Winona Zelenka (Cello)
  • Notes: Pong Studio (2008-05-19&2008-05-25&2008-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
  • Performer: Winona Zelenka (Cello)
  • Notes: Pong Studio (10/31/1009-11/01/2009)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
  • Performer: Winona Zelenka (Cello)
  • Notes: Pong Studio (12/02/2007/12/29/2009)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720