The Resource The cello suites

The cello suites

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The cello suites
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The cello suites
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Summary
Though they were long misunderstood as mere technical hurdles, Bach's six suites for unaccompanied cello are among those rare works of music that offer inexhaustible rewards for performer and listener alike. Yo-Yo Ma gave a pathbreaking account of the suites back in the '80s (Suites for Unaccompanied Cello) but returns to them here impelled by a unique and interdisciplinary approach. For this project, Ma engaged the talents of artists in different fields--ranging from a landscape artist to a Kabuki actor and figure skaters--to produce six short films as a visual correlative for the highly distinctive character of each suite. While the success of the films in illuminating Bach's creativity is decidedly uneven, Ma brings the music itself to life with a searing, quasi-vocal eloquence. His interpretations are probing, characterized by imaginative bowing and attention to the spacious architecture of Bach's score. This is especially clear in Ma's preference for broad, expansive tempos and patient spinning of filigreed detail. True, the generally Romantic cast of his conception can seem overdone and exaggerated in statement, as if Ma is more intent on overlaying his own personality on the discipline of the music. But the prayerful, meditative concentration he brings to the Sarabandes--listen to the single-lined, anguished tone painting in Suite 5--is utterly convincing. There is a sense of profound introspection here, while in the Sarabande of Suite 6 Ma's phrasing suggests we are in the same spiritual terrain as Beethoven's late quartets. Yet there is no lack of blistering energy and extroverted high spirits in some of the more overtly dance-oriented movements. While purists may complain of distortion in these accounts, Ma once again proves he has something vital to say with this music. - Amazon
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JED
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Inspired by Bach (Television program)
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1685-1750
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Bach, Johann Sebastian
Date time place
Recorded 1994-1997
Dewey number
787.4/185
Form of composition
suites
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
M51.B2
LC item number
M3
Music parts
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PerformerNote
Yo-Yo Ma, violoncello
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1955-
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Ma, Yo-Yo
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Suites (Cello)
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Label
The cello suites
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  • Sony Classical: S2K 63203 (63204--63205)
  • "From the six-part film series"--Container
  • Compact discs
  • Program notes in English, German, and French ([60] p. : ill.)--inserted in container
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
performed music
Content type code
prm
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Suite no. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  • Suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  • Suite no. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  • Suite no. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
  • Suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  • Suite no. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
Control code
ocm38575454
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
2 audio discs
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not applicable
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other control number
  • 074646320327
  • 886975612826
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
  • S2K 63203
  • 63204
  • 63205
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)38575454
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
The cello suites
Publication
Note
  • Sony Classical: S2K 63203 (63204--63205)
  • "From the six-part film series"--Container
  • Compact discs
  • Program notes in English, German, and French ([60] p. : ill.)--inserted in container
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
performed music
Content type code
prm
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Suite no. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
  • Suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
  • Suite no. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
  • Suite no. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
  • Suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
  • Suite no. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
Control code
ocm38575454
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
2 audio discs
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other control number
  • 074646320327
  • 886975612826
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
  • S2K 63203
  • 63204
  • 63205
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)38575454
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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