Pieter Wispelwey

6 Suites for Cello Solo

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Label: Evil Penguin
UPC: 0608917721423
Catnr: EPRC 0027
Release date: 27 October 2017
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Evil Penguin
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0608917721423
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EPRC 0027
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27 October 2017
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Made at the age of 50, this is Pieter Wispelwey’s third recording of the Cello Suites by J.S. Bach, and in very many ways his most impressive. The big difference in this case is that the cello is equipped with gut strings and tuned to 392 Hz. This results in tuning roughly a half-tone lower than usual, and with lower tension in the strings this has a greater effect that you might imagine. The low tension in the strings makes the way the music ‘speaks’ very different, and this is articulated in performances which have a strong narrative feel and less emphasis on the lyrical side of the music. Wispelwey extends shapes, plays with pauses and silence, and explores the resonance of the instrument to the full. [...] So yes, even if you know and love one or more complete recording of J.S Bach’s Suites for cello solo, then you owe it to yourself to acquire a copy of this release. If ever there was a recording which takes us behind the notes of these pieces and adds to our understanding of their qualities then this is the one. That these are deeply satisfying performances and a marvellous recording seems an almost incidental bonus. (for full review see: MusicWeb)
Critici en consumenten zijn het eens: dit is de beste opname van de Cellosuites van de 21e eeuw!
Dit is Pieter Wispelweys derde opname van de Cellosuites van Johann Sebastian Bach, en in vele opzichten zijn meest indrukwekkende. Het grote verschil is in dit geval het feit dat de cello is voorzien van darmsnaren en gestemd op 392 Hz. Hierdoor is de cello ongeveer een halve toon lager gestemd dan gebruikelijk, en met minder spanning op de snaren heeft dit grote gevolgen. De lage spanning op de snaren maakt de manier waarop de muziek ‘spreekt’ zeer verschillend, en dit wordt benadrukt in uitvoeringen die een sterk narratief gevoel hebben en weinig nadruk leggen op de lyrische kant van de muziek. Wispelwey strekt vormen uit, speelt met pauzes en stilte en verkent de resonantie van het instrument ten volle. (…) Dus ja, zelfs als je een of meer volledige opnames van Bachs Cellosuites kent of liefhebt, ben je jezelf verschuldigd om een kopie van deze uitgave aan te schaffen. Als er ooit een opname was die ons meeneemt achter de noten van deze stukken en ons begrip van hun kwaliteiten vergroot, dan is het deze. Dat het daarbij om zeer bevredigende uitvoeringen en een fantastische opname gaat lijkt haast een toevallige bonus. (MusicWeb)
Dies ist Pieter Wispelweys dritte Aufnahme der Cello Suites von J. S. Bach und in vielerlei Hinsicht sein eindrucksvollstes Album. Der große Unterschied besteht in diesem Fall darin, dass das Cello mit Darmsaiten ausgestattet und auf 392 Hz gestimmt ist. Dies führt dazu, dass der Grundton ungefähr um einen Halbton tiefer als üblich gestimmt wird und bei geringerer Saitenspannung mit einem sehr großen Effekt. Die niedrige Spannung in den Streichern bewirkt die Art und Weise, wie die Musik "spricht" und das wird in Performances artikuliert, die ein starkes narratives Flair und weniger Betonung auf den lyrischen Teil der Musik haben. Wispelwey erweitert die Formen, spielt mit Pausen und Stille und erforscht die Resonanz des Instruments in vollen Zügen. ...] Also ja, selbst wenn Sie eine oder mehrere vollständige Aufnahmen von J. S. Bachs Suiten für Cello-Solo kennen und lieben, dann schulden Sie es sich selbst, eine Kopie dieser Veröffentlichung zu erwerben.
Wenn es jemals eine Aufnahme gab, die unser Verständnis erweitert, dann ist es diese. Dass es sich dabei um zutiefst zufriedenstellende Leistung und eine wunderbare Aufnahme handelt, scheint ein fast zufälliger Bonus zu sein. (MusicWeb)

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Pieter Wispelwey is equally at ease on the modern or period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him.

Highlights of the 16-17 season include a play-direct project with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a performance of the complete Bach suites at Auditorium de Lyon and the City Recital Hall in Sydney, performances of Tavener’s Svyati with the Flanders Radio Choir and two recitals at King’s Place in London as part of their ‘Cello Unwrapped’ season. Pieter will also give series of extraordinary recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part their Great Performer Series, where he will perform the complete Bach Suites, Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, and the two cello sonatas by Brahms over the course of three consecutive evenings.

Pieter Wispelwey enjoys chamber music collaborations and regular duo partners include pianists Cédric Tiberghien and Alasdair Beatson and he appears as a guest artist with a number of string quartets including the Australian String Quartet.

Wispelwey’s career spans five continents and he has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Tokyo Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony, Sydney Symphony, London Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Danish National Radio Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg. Conductor collaborations include Ivan Fischer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Herbert Blomstedt, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jeffrey Tate, Kent Nagano, Sir Neville Marriner, Philippe Herreweghe, Vassily Sinaisky, Vladimir Jurowski, Louis Langrée, Marc Minkowski, Ton Koopman and Sir Roger Norrington.

With regular recital appearances in London (Wigmore Hall), Paris (Châtelet, Louvre), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw, Muziekgebouw), Brussels (Bozar), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Milan (Societta del Quartetto), Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), Sydney (The Utzon Room), Los Angeles (Walt Disney Hall) and New York (Lincoln Center), Wispelwey has established a reputation as one of the most charismatic recitalists on the circuit

In 2012 Wispelwey celebrated his 50th birthday by embarking on a project showcasing the Bach Cello Suites. He recorded the complete Suites for the third time, released on the label ‘Evil Penguin Classics’. The box set also includes a DVD featuring illustrated debates on the interpretation of the Bach Suites with eminent Bach scholars Laurence Dreyfus and John Butt. A major strand of his recital performances is his performances of the complete suites during the course of one evening, an accomplishment that has attracted major critical acclaim throughout Europe and the US. “On paper it is a feat requiring brilliance, stamina and perhaps a bit of hubris. In practice Mr. Wispelwey proved himself impressively up to the challenge, offering performances as eloquent as they were provocative” ( New York Times).

Pieter Wispelwey’s impressive discography of over 20 albums, available on Channel Classic, Onyx and Evil Penguin Classics, has attracted major international awards. His most recent concerto release features the C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto in A major with the Musikkollegium Winterthur, whilst he is also midway through an imaginative project to record the complete duo repertoire of Schubert and Brahms. Other recent releases include Lalo’s Cello Concerto, Saint-Saen’s Concerto no.2 and the Britten Cello Symphony with Seikyo Kim and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Walton’s Cello Concerto (Sydney Symphony/Jeffrey Tate), Prokofiev’s Symphonie Concertante (Rotterdam Philharmonic/Vassily Sinaisky.

Born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Wispelwey’ studied with Dicky Boeke and Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam and later with Paul Katz in the USA and William Pleeth in the UK. Pieter Wispelwey plays on a 1760 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini cello and a 1710 Rombouts baroque cello.

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Disc #1
01.
Suite no. 1 in G major BWV 1007: Prelude
02:08
02.
Suite no. 1 in G major BWV 1007: Allemande
04:45
03.
Suite no. 1 in G major BWV 1007: Courante
02:43
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Suite no. 1 in G major BWV 1007: Sarabande
02:48
05.
Suite no. 1 in G major BWV 1007: Menuet I and II
03:05
06.
Suite no. 1 in G major BWV 1007: Gigue
01:33
07.
Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Prelude
03:21
08.
Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Allemande
04:15
09.
Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Courante
01:59
10.
Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Sarabande
04:34
11.
Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Menuet I and II
02:48
12.
Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV 1008: Gigue
02:36
13.
Suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Prelude
02:45
14.
Suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Allemande
04:17
15.
Suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Courante
02:59
16.
Suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Sarabande
04:10
17.
Suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Bourrée I and II
03:17
18.
Suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009: Gigue
03:10

Disc #2
01.
Suite no. 4 E flat major BWV 1010: Prelude
04:10
02.
Suite no. 4 E flat major BWV 1010: Allemande
04:09
03.
Suite no. 4 E flat major BWV 1010: Courante
03:06
04.
Suite no. 4 E flat major BWV 1010: Sarabande
04:33
05.
Suite no. 4 E flat major BWV 1010: Bourée I and II
04:24
06.
Suite no. 4 E flat major BWV 1010: Gigue
02:58
07.
Suite no. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Prelude
05:19
08.
Suite no. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Allemande
04:45
09.
Suite no. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Courante
02:03
10.
Suite no. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Sarabande
03:41
11.
Suite no. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Gavotte I and II
04:27
12.
Suite no. 5 in C minor BWV 1011: Gigue
02:13
13.
Suite no. 6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Prelude
04:48
14.
Suite no. 6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Allemande
07:58
15.
Suite no. 6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Courante
03:32
16.
Suite no. 6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Sarabande
05:50
17.
Suite no. 6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Gavotte I and II
04:09
18.
Suite no. 6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Gigue
04:07
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