Bach - The Unaccompanied Cello Suites - Yo-Yo Ma - 1983 Classical - Sealed 180 Grm 3LP

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Bach - The Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Label: Music On Vinyl


180 gram audiophile vinyl
Deluxe trifold gatefold sleeve with gloss laminate
Liner notes by Peter Eliot Stone
The Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites in its entirety
Performed in London at The Proms concert to more than 5,000 people

Originally Released: 1983
Genre: Classical
Style: Baroque


Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 (G Major / G-dur / Sol Majeur)

1.01 Prélude 2:31
1.02 Allemande 3:47
1.03 Courante 2:26
1.04 Sarabande 2:56
1.05 Menuett 3:05
1.06 Gigue 1:49

Suite No. 2, BWV 1008 (D Minor / D-moll / Ré Mineur)

2.01 Prélude 4:03
2.02 Allemande 3:10
2.03 Courante 1:48
2.04 Sarabande 4:42
2.05 Menuett 3:00
2.06 Gigue 2:18

Suite No. 3, BWV 1009 (C Major / C-dur / Ut Majeur)

3.01 Prélude 3:14
3.02 Allemande 3:35
3.03 Courante 2:27
3.04 Sarabande 3:43
3.05 Bourrée 3:23
3.06 Gigue 3:07

Suite No. 4, BWV 1010 (E-flat Major / Es-dur / Mi Bémol Majeur)

4.01 Prélude 4:50
4.02 Allemande 3:49
4.03 Courante 3:42
4.04 Sarabande 4:31
4.05 Bourrée 5:04
4.06 Gigue 2:35

Suite No. 5, BWV 1011 (C Minor / C-moll / Ut Mineur)

5.01 Prélude 6:18
5.02 Allemande 5:22
5.03 Courante 1:56
5.04 Sarabande 3:18
5.05 Gavotte 4:15
5.06 Gigue 2:34

Suite No. 6, BWV 1012 (D Major / D-dur / Ré Majeur)

6.01 Prélude 4:11
6.02 Allemande 7:01
6.03 Courante 3:44
6.04 Sarabande 4:30
6.05 Gavotte 3:28
6.06 Gigue 3:54

Cello – Yo-Yo Ma
Composed By – Johann Sebastian Bach


1985 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance


Yo-Yo Ma performed the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites in its entirety - nearly three hours - in London at The Proms concert to more than 5,000 people.

Yo-Yo Ma recorded J.S. Bach's Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites on two occasions, first for release on LP in 1983. It is the 1983 recording that is presented here, and the original digital recordings have been mastered to enhance the cello's sound. Ma's readings of Bach are fairly liberal in rhythm and phrasing and are decidedly more intuitive than analytical, with plenty of rubato and elongation of lines to suggest something like a free Romantic interpretation, far from any Baroque period re-creation.

Competing with the magnificent recordings by Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier, and Mstislav Rostropovich, this set can't be regarded as the last word in Bach's cello suites; however, it has held its own for many listeners over the years, and it clearly deserves its place in the catalog.




"This recording illustrates to me two things. Firstly, it makes it very clear why Ma has been so successful. There is virtuosity in bucket loads.

Also, the re-mastering no doubt enhances the hugely dynamic sound in this edition. Audition of the faster movements, exhilarate. Slower movements display sensitive and sensual performances. The listening experience induces one to immediately sit up and pay attention.
The second thing that I am reminded of is that this recording is now almost 40 years old and comes from the time of Starker, Gendron, and Tortelier. Historically informed recordings were relatively few in number at that time. This is very much a mainstream recording  with ample vibrato, big tone and lots of broad bows. There is plenty of rhythm and not as much flex with the tempo as his later recordings. However, there is minimal lightness of touch with the effect that instead of genteel 18th century dances the image I have is of modern rock audiences crowd surfing and going hell for leather!

The phrasing reminds me of Tortelier in that it is very conversational with lots of statements and responses. Overall, this performance is never boring, it impresses with its impact but perhaps finds its subtler nuances buried under the onslaught." (BachCelloSuites)

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Condition New
Format 3LP, 180 Gram
Label CBS
Color Black