Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007

  1. 1) I. Prélude

    2.38

  2. 2) II. Allemande

    5.48

  3. 3) III. Courante

    2.55

  4. 4) IV. Sarabande

    3.38

  5. 5) V. Menuets I & II

    3.34

  6. 6) VI. Gigue

    2.04

Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009

  1. 7) I. Prélude

    3.45

  2. 8) II. Allemande

    4.43

  3. 9) III. Courante

    2.56

  4. 10) IV. Sarabande

    5.09

  5. 11) V. Bourrées I & II

    4.06

  6. 12) VI. Gigue

    3.19

Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

  1. 13) I. Prélude

    5.50

  2. 14) II. Allemande

    9.03

  3. 15) III. Courante

    4.23

  4. 16) IV. Sarabande

    5.27

  5. 17) V. Gavottes I & II

    4.31

  6. 18) VI. Gigue

    4.42

Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008

  1. 1) I. Prélude

    4.36

  2. 2) II. Allemande

    4.03

  3. 3) III. Courante

    2.07

  4. 4) IV. Sarabande

    6.15

  5. 5) V. Menuets I & II

    3.23

  6. 6) VI. Gigue

    3.06

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010

  1. 7) I. Prélude

    4.34

  2. 8) II. Allemande

    4.49

  3. 9) III. Courante

    4.15

  4. 10) IV. Sarabande

    5.25

  5. 11) V. Bourrées I & II

    5.48

  6. 12) VI. Gigue

    2.59

Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011

  1. 13) I. Prélude

    7.40

  2. 14) II. Allemande

    7.19

  3. 15) III. Courante

    2.08

  4. 16) IV. Sarabande

    5.28

  5. 17) V. Gavottes I & II

    5.11

  6. 18) VI. Gigue

    2.51

CD information

SUMMIT OF THE CELLO REPERTOIRE

After her acclaimed PENTATONE debut with Transfigured Night, Alisa Weilerstein returns with a complete recording of Bach’s Cello Suites. These pieces present the highest mountain to climb for any cellist, and one of the most transcendent and rewarding experiences for listeners alike. With his suites, Bach crafted — essentially without direct precedent — a body of solo cello music that forever defined the genre and brought the Baroque cello on par with its more popular cousin, the viola da gamba. Since Pablo Casals put them in the limelight again after 150 years of relative oblivion, Bach’s suites have become the alpha and omega for generations of cellists. To Weilerstein, the joy of this music — vibrant, contemporary, unquestionably alive — is the joy of discovery. Having heard and studied these pieces for years, she now entrusts her interpretation to the listener.

Since signing an exclusive contract with PENTATONE, Alisa Weilerstein has released Transfigured Night (2018), and featured on Inon Barnatan’s Beethoven Piano Concertos Part 1 as well as Old Souls, an album with music for flute and strings (both released in 2019).

Released physically on 2 standard CDs.

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