Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Our classical music critic, Lloyd Schwartz, says that while each of Yo-Yo Ma's Bach recordings is worthy, Lloyd's favorite version may very well be this latest.
Here's Lloyd's review. It was a long time before the suites caught on as concert pieces. Perhaps the greatest cellist who ever lived, Pablo Casals, began studying them when he was But it wasn't until , when he was nearly 60, that he began making the very first recordings of the complete set.
Yo-Yo Ma started learning the cello suites when he was 4. So different are these long, static chords to anything in any of the other suites, usual practise is to assume they are broken chords.
Isserlis, however, has decided to play them as they are written, believing them to represent the Five Wounds of Christ.
Unusual as the decision is, it does work. The fact that these are dances is never forgotten, and there are none of the self-indulgent rubatos that characterise some recordings. Dances such as the Menuet from Suite No. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. The French version of the dance suite became the prototype for later chamber-music forms.
History at your fingertips. Weilerstein relish of contrasts in textures and tonalities makes for an extraordinary ending. The characterful Gigue, which concludes many cellists complete cycles, feels like a comma here; a chance to breathe and reflect before taking the next step into the remaining three suites.
The second CD of the album programs suites 2, 4 and 5, the two minor suites bookending a major. Weilerstein continues with her expressive but authoritative style, but nothing becomes predictable or ordinary. There is always movement and contrasting innovation. Despite the fourth suite being in the major, there is darkness throughout which works well with the surrounding minor tonalities.
Except perhaps as dances of the mind. Courante - A light and quick French dance. Courante means flowing. Sarabande - a slow, almost mournful Spanish dance. Gigue - a lively dance from England in triple time. To this unvarying structure, Bach added an artistically free Prelude to the beginning and a bright, fast moving movement between the Sarabande and the Gigue. In the first two suites, this is a Menuet , in the next two it is a Bourree and in the final two it is a Gavotte.
Bach's Six Suites for Solo Cello Describing in detail each of the six movements from each of the six Suites is too big a task for this page. Instead, just a few highlights and observations. Of the six Suites , four are in a major key and two in a minor key, increasing in technical complexity and emotional richness from the first to the last.Apr 09, · This album contains the complete Partitas by Bach, presented by Piano Classics, a label of Brilliant Classics. Online purchase or streaming (Spotify, iTunes.