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Pieter Wispelwey

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OK, are you ready for something completely different? From someone who has already recorded two complete sets of Bach's six suites for solo cello, BWV 1007-1012, no less? Where to begin? Dutch historical-performance specialist Pieter Wispelwey disregards the long performance tradition associated with these six suites, which seem like cousins to Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin but are actually quite different in character (there are no sonatas, for one thing). Even players of the Baroque cello sometimes seem to have Pablo Casals' magisterial recordings in their heads, but Casals is not in the building at all for these readings. They seem to rest on three principles. First and foremost, Wispelwey has drawn on Baroque theories of rhetoric in constructing his interpretation. These were certainly in the air when Bach composed these works, although why they should apply specifically to the cello suites is less clear. Each phrase in Wispelwey's reading is like a spoken utterance. Notes are cleanly cut off, with very little legato, and the tempo is freely varied as speech might be. Second, Wispelwey's tempi are unorthodox in the extreme, tending mostly toward the fast side. Plunge in and sample the opening movement of the Suite for solo cello in G major, BWV 1007, for an idea of what you're getting into here. Third, although Wispelwey is not the first performer to de-emphasize the dance rhythms in these suites, he diverges from them to an unusual degree. Each of the dance movements is almost a character piece in the vein of Couperin, but with an entirely different set of instrumental textures. Throw in growling cello textures due to A=392 tuning, said to be authentic to the city of Köthen where the suites were written, and you get extremely un-song-like utterances throughout. It may all seem to add up to something with only a passing resemblance to what Bach wrote, but Wispelwey has the chops to pull this off, and there's an appealing sense of drilling deep into the music here. The sound from the ominously named Evil Penguin label, way too close up, is a disincentive even so, and this is probably not a good choice for those new to the music. Listeners will ultimately have to make up their own minds about this experiment, but it commands attention.
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Pieter Wispelwey

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Suite no.1 in G major BWV 1007 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
Suite no.1 in G major BWV 1007: Prelude
00:02:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

2
Suite no.1 in G major BWV 1007: Allemande
00:04:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

3
Suite no.1 in G major BWV 1007: Courante
00:02:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

4
Suite no.1 in G major BWV 1007: Sarabande
00:02:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

5
Suite no.1 in G major BWV 1007: Menuet I and II
00:03:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

6
Suite no.1 in G major BWV 1007: Gigue
00:01:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

Suite no.2 in D minor BWV 1008 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

7
Suite no.2 in D minor BWV 1008: Prelude
00:03:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

8
Suite no.2 in D minor BWV 1008: Allemande
00:04:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

9
Suite no.2 in D minor BWV 1008: Courante
00:01:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

10
Suite no.2 in D minor BWV 1008: Sarabande
00:04:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

11
Suite no.2 in D minor BWV 1008: Menuet I and II
00:02:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

12
Suite no.2 in D minor BWV 1008: Gigue
00:02:36

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

Suite no.3 in C major BWV 1009 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

13
Suite no.3 in C major BWV 1009: Prelude
00:02:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

14
Suite no.3 in C major BWV 1009: Allemande
00:04:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

15
Suite no.3 in C major BWV 1009: Courante
00:02:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

16
Suite no.3 in C major BWV 1009: Sarabande
00:04:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

17
Suite no.3 in C major BWV 1009: Bourrée I and II
00:03:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

18
Suite no.3 in C major BWV 1009: Gigue
00:03:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

Suite no.4 in E flat major BWV 1010 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

19
Suite no.4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Prelude
00:04:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

20
Suite no.4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Allemande
00:04:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

21
Suite no.4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Courante
00:03:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

22
Suite no.4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Sarabande
00:04:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

23
Suite no.4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Bourrée I and II
00:04:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

24
Suite no.4 in E flat major BWV 1010: Gigue
00:02:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

Suite no.5 in C minor BWV 1011 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

25
Suite no.5 in C minor BWV 1011: Prelude
00:05:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

26
Suite no.5 in C minor BWV 1011: Allemande
00:04:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

27
Suite no.5 in C minor BWV 1011: Courante
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

28
Suite no.5 in C minor BWV 1011: Sarabande
00:03:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

29
Suite no.5 in C minor BWV 1011: Gavotte I and II
00:04:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

30
Suite no.5 in C minor BWV 1011: Gigue
00:02:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

Suite no.6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

31
Suite no.6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Prelude
00:04:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

32
Suite no.6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Allemande
00:07:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

33
Suite no.6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Courante
00:03:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

34
Suite no.6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Sarabande
00:05:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

35
Suite no.6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Gavotte I and II
00:04:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

36
Suite no.6 in D major (a cinq cordes) BWV 1012: Gigue
00:04:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pieter Wispelwey, MainArtist

(C) 2012 EPR-Classic (P) 2012 EPR-Classic

Descriptif de l'album

OK, are you ready for something completely different? From someone who has already recorded two complete sets of Bach's six suites for solo cello, BWV 1007-1012, no less? Where to begin? Dutch historical-performance specialist Pieter Wispelwey disregards the long performance tradition associated with these six suites, which seem like cousins to Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin but are actually quite different in character (there are no sonatas, for one thing). Even players of the Baroque cello sometimes seem to have Pablo Casals' magisterial recordings in their heads, but Casals is not in the building at all for these readings. They seem to rest on three principles. First and foremost, Wispelwey has drawn on Baroque theories of rhetoric in constructing his interpretation. These were certainly in the air when Bach composed these works, although why they should apply specifically to the cello suites is less clear. Each phrase in Wispelwey's reading is like a spoken utterance. Notes are cleanly cut off, with very little legato, and the tempo is freely varied as speech might be. Second, Wispelwey's tempi are unorthodox in the extreme, tending mostly toward the fast side. Plunge in and sample the opening movement of the Suite for solo cello in G major, BWV 1007, for an idea of what you're getting into here. Third, although Wispelwey is not the first performer to de-emphasize the dance rhythms in these suites, he diverges from them to an unusual degree. Each of the dance movements is almost a character piece in the vein of Couperin, but with an entirely different set of instrumental textures. Throw in growling cello textures due to A=392 tuning, said to be authentic to the city of Köthen where the suites were written, and you get extremely un-song-like utterances throughout. It may all seem to add up to something with only a passing resemblance to what Bach wrote, but Wispelwey has the chops to pull this off, and there's an appealing sense of drilling deep into the music here. The sound from the ominously named Evil Penguin label, way too close up, is a disincentive even so, and this is probably not a good choice for those new to the music. Listeners will ultimately have to make up their own minds about this experiment, but it commands attention.
© TiVo

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