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Johann Sebastian Bach

Pieter Wispelwey

6 Suites for Cello Solo

  • Type CD
  • Label Evil Penguin
  • UPC 0608917721423
  • Catalog number EPRC 0027
  • Release date 27 October 2017
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About the album

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)


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