J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo BWV 1007-1012

J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo BWV 1007-1012
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Benedict Kloeckner cello
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 96403
EAN code 5028421964034
Release October 2021

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A highly regarded representative of the new generation of cellists, Benedict Kloeckner has been championed by such maestros as Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle. With a discography including an acclaimed recording of the Schumann Cello Concerto nominated for the German Record Critics prize, Kloeckner also demonstrates a great interest in new music. He plays an Italian Cello by Francesco Rugeri (Cremona 1690), formerly played by Maurice Gendron.

In this three-disc set he tackles the sacred summit of the solo cello repertoire, rightly pointing out that the lack of original manuscripts for the Six Suites leaves them especially open to individual interpretation. Yet he takes a further step in making this recording his own, interpolating between each of the suites miniature compositions for solo cello that he commissioned from composers on six different continents under the motto “Sounds of Light”, thereby placing Bach’s Western European masterworks in dialogue with music from across the globe in our own time:

Other information:
· Recorded in the Autumn of 2020 at the SWR Studio in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
· Booklet contains a liner note on the Suites by musicologist Clemens Romijn, as well as the artist’s own message and biography.
· Bach’s iconic “Suites for Cello Solo” form the pinnacle of the entire cello repertoire, the ultimate challenge and a Mount Everest every young and aspiring cellist has to climb, no matter how often that has already been done.
· This performance of the “Six Cello Suites” are in alternation with 6 pieces for cello solo written during the Pandemic for the artist by Geoffrey Gordon, Éric Tanguy, Dai Fujikura, José Elizondo, Bongani Ndodana-Breen and Elena Kats-Chernin, creating a dialogue between the old and new, bridging 3 centuries and 6 continents.
· Benedict Kloeckner is a highly regarded representative of the new generation of cellists. He performed with renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the NDR and Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Kremerata Baltica and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and worked with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Howard Griffiths, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Sanderling and Heinrich Schiff. A keen chamber musician, Benedict performed with artists such as Sir András Schiff, Anne Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Christoph Eschenbach, Antoine Tamestit, Emmanuel Ax, Fazil Say, Lisa Batiashvili, Yuri Bashmet, Benjamin Grosvenor, Lars Vogt and Christian Tetzlaff.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: III. Courante
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande
  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: V. Menuet
  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: VI. Gigue
  7. José L. Elizondo: Unter dem Sternenhimmel des Rheins
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: I. Prélude
  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: II. Allemande
  10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: III. Courante
  11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande
  12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: V. Menuet
  13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: VI. Gigue
  14. Elena Kats-Cherin: I am Cello
  15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: I. Prélude
  16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: II. Allemande
  17. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: III. Courante
  18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande
  19. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: V. Bourée
  20. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: VI. Gigue
  21. Bongani Ndodana-Breen: Soweto Cello Riffs

Disk 2

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: I. Prélude
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: II. Allemande
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: III. Courante
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: IV. Sarabande
  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: V. Bourée
  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: VI. Gigue
  7. Eric Tanguy: In Between
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: I. Prélude
  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: II. Allemande
  10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: III. Courante
  11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande
  12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: V. Gavotte
  13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: VI. Gigue
  14. Geoffrey Gordon: Nes qu’on porroit

Disk 3

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: I. Prélude
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: II. Allemande
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: III. Courante
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: IV. Sarabande
  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: V. Gavotte
  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: VI. Gigue
  7. Dai Fujikura: Sweet Sweets