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Pieter Wispelwey /J. S. Bach: Six Cello Suites (50th Anniversary Recording) Box set, CD+DVD, Colour, DVD Audio


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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD, Colour, DVD Audio
  • Label: Evil Penguin Records
  • ASIN: B008TUDI2A
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Menuet I - Menuet II
6. Gigue
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Prelude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Bourrée I - Bourrée II
6. Gigue
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Documentary

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The key to this set is the DVD which is included, 392, Pieter Wispelwey and the Bach Cello Suites . The 392 refers of course to the pitch at which his instrument is tuned, and this is a central aspect of how this performance is seen by Wispelwey, and he demonstrates the clear differences between instruments... The DVD is worth the asking price for this set on its own, with plenty of fascinating insights based on close research in and around Bach's life, as well as clips of live performances given in Oxford... ...Wispelwey extends shapes, plays with pauses and silence, and explores the resonance of the instrument to the full. The Allemande of the Suite No. 1 is an example of this shaping of space, taking time between phrases while allowing the strings to thrum, something which happens a good deal less on a modern instrument with wound metal strings. There is a nicely natural feel to this kind of playing, and a grounding of long experience which demonstrates a keen knowledge of what works and an avoidance of what doesn't. The low tuning results in a gruffer tone to the usually mild and lyrical Sarabande of this suite, Wispelwey sticking to the harmony notes a little longer, allowing their tonality to speak, where too short a resonance sounds as if it wouldn't work . This can have a more extreme effect further on, and listening blind to something like the Sarabande of the Suite No. 3 you might be forgiven for thinking it was an expertly played double bass rather than a cello. These differences are fascinating, but throw up questions as well as new perspectives on familiar works. While there is superb playing throughout this set, you might find it hard to get used to the darker colours and otherness of expression coming from these performances. Wispelwey discusses the Prelude of the Suite No. 4, concluding that the baroque cello suits a much lighter touch, imitating fingers on the strings of a lute rather than the pedals of an organ. This results in something far less linear than what we are usually served up; played slower as well as in a more separated way, the notes gain an extra identity as well as establishing new relationships. I for one relish the drama implied in the Prelude of the Suite No. 5, but following the logical flow of the music in such a movement can be a challenge, and these recordings may not be the ideal place to start a journey of discovery into J.S. Bach's cello suites, though the challenge is something which is in the very essence of these works, both for performer and listener. The downward re-tuning of the upper string in this fifth suite creates graveyard associations, and darkness abounds as in few other performances I could name. The contrast of relief in the light and joy in the Suite No. 6, played on a piccolo cello with an added upper E string is palpable. What also raises this release above the average in these works is the excellent recording quality... Detailed and close, you are embraced by warm, wooden sonorities, and can easily lose yourself in the music. Fingers tapping on the fingerboard and a certain amount of breathing are the side-effects of such an up-front and personal position, but the benefits far outweigh any blemishes... 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. The DVD deconstructs and analyses in a very approachable way, and even if you think you know plenty about these works this shows this shows there is always more to discover. 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. --Dominy Clements - MusicWeb International

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By farran on 11 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
The low pitch [392] takes a while to get used to for somebody used to attempting them at 440, but once you're involved you are stunned by the virtuosity, sensitivity and individuality of these performances. Some [amateur cellists especially] will be taken aback by the speed of some preludes and courantes and yet in Wispelwey's hands they are entirely convincing. Should you prefer a more relaxed but equally valid approach, try Jaap ter Linden or Richard Tunnicliffe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DR R HAYNES on 5 Jan. 2013
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This was a joy to listen to - and the accompanying DVD was excellent by way of explanation. I shall want to listen to it over and over again. It made me want to get Pieter Wispelwey's earlier recodings to compare them and also to compare this new recording with the other recordings that I have of these wonderful suites too (Isserlis, Casals, Rostropovich) - when I have time!
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By dalmatian on 19 Jan. 2015
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This recording surely redefines the way these suites will be played in the future. The dvd shines a light on Bach's genius, character and the research that went into the suites.
Most of all these suites are bold, they dance and sing and they lament. Deeply human yet divine.
Surely a desert island disc... it will not be surpassed any time soon, don't miss it!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caroline on 29 April 2013
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My husband requested this for his birthday as he is very keen on music and seems very happy with it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I had trouble waiting patiently for this set 3 May 2013
By Lesllie A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD/DVD set delves deeply into Wispelwey's thoughts on the Bach Suites.

I loved his Suites at Tanglewood a few years ago, even though on his "modern" cello.

I have to say this is the oddest performance of the Suites I have ever heard. I keep listening and it's growing on me, I wish I could hear it live and give it a chance.

You will be surprised, excited, gratified and mystified. I'm glad I have it, and listen often.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Ground-breaking 17 Dec. 2012
By Andrei Pricope - Published on Amazon.com
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Wiespelwey's new Bach recording is earthy, raw, rustic, eloquent musical speech. I feel drawn by its immediate "chamber" intimacy; it has an honest spontaneity about it. Immensely enjoyable...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
J.S. Bach alive 5 July 2014
By Tomasz Wojciechowski - Published on Amazon.com
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Very refreshing, original and lively way of presenting the 6 Suites, without the "yawing profundity." Of more then 300 recordings of this work around, this one stands out completely.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Magic indeed 20 Sept. 2014
By Viveoistrach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Have been listening to about x different recordings the last couple of days, including Fournier, Tortelier, Casals, Queyras, Starker, Bylsma but this one has simply won my attention and fascination. Not to say e.g. Tortelier is also great to listen to - Wispelwey is the one now running in an endless loop. It's not flawless, by no means, and if you prefer drama for the 5th, this might not be the best one; and sometimes you are still taken aback by some of his decisions even after the 10th time of listening to it. But the magic of his playing and sound in general is just enormous. Looking forward to his other future 3-4 recordings on this he is planning on taking.

But advice: Do give it a chance, and you'll likely love it at "second" sight :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Special 26 Feb. 2015
By Eric John - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, the recording itself is excellent. Secondly, it occurred to me for the first time, that when you come to appreciate a musician - of strings in particular - you also are appreciating the sound of their particular instrument, (as well as their playing).

Wispelwey's cello has gorgeous tones, and his playing here is very straight-forward and stripped-down: there's not a lot of Romantic-era bravado or drama here.

It's a very personal recording, as if you just pulled up a chair in Wispelwey's studio and he started playing for nobody other than you and him.
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