J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Anner Bylsma
Individual Works: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
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Classical Vivarte
Catalog Number:S2K 48047
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:127'17"
Listen to the deep resonance of the Stradivarius "Servais" cello, from the doyen of the Baroque string playing. An utterly personal yet "historically compatible" interpretation.
Anner Bylsma plays the Stradivarius "Servais", Cremona, 1701 (Suites 1-5), strung with a plain gut A string and three metal-oversprun gut lower strings; and a 5 string violoncello piccolo, Tirol, ca. 1700, anonymous (Suite 6).

John Cameron said:

Undoubtedly, a definitive recording of these masterpieces would be impossible. If, however, one wishes to hear them played by a master musician, recognized not only as a virtuoso cellist but as a pioneer in baroque performance practice, then these interpretations should be heard.
Anner Bylsma's late 17th century cello, strung with gut strings and played with a baroque bow,
evokes a tangible, dynamic soundscape. Whether ethereal or robust,joyous or introspective - as each phrase unfolds the music is always alive and vibrant.
These magnificent pieces are played by Mr. Bylsma with great skill, wit, passion and love.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Mr. Fang-lin Hou
  • Juan A. Souto
  • John Cameron
Date First Submitted:11/29/1995