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Show #218: Bach’s Cello Suites

July 9th, 2010

bach cello Show #218: Bachs Cello Suites

Back in May I attended a cello recital by students of the instrument, one of which was my stepson. The first of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello proved to be popular and so I thought it would be good to post some of those.

At the recital I remembered that the solo acoustic guitar piece “Horizons” by Steve Hackett of Genesis fame begins with a bit of the first suite. And I was also reminded of what a great instrument the cello is. I’m not well-versed in classical so I can’t give you a laundry list of pukka cello performances but you may recognize the first suite here. One use of cello that springs to mind is in “Supper’s Ready” by Genesis. You can hear it in the first section called “Lover’s Leap”. The cello provides a nice emotive counterpoint to the moodier, more nimble guitars.

Any cellists lurking about are welcome to chime in here.

This is the first three of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. They were recorded at le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris on 14 April, 2010. This is from an FM broadcast.


Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009

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This is the prelude to Suite No. 1.

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