J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Maurice Gendron
Individual Works:Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009
Suite No. 4 in E flat, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in c minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:442-293-2
Year Released/Recorded:1964
Total Playing Time:138:46
Comments:Angelo Casertano said:

Incredible performance. Gendron gives Bach the interpretation he requires, an atmosphere of calculated perfection that becomes the triumph of imagination. Wonderfully aware of his technique, Gendron concentrates on a crystalline performance: brilliant because perfect. Also the quality of the recording is very good, and the price is so cheap that is really worth buying.

Michael Pak said:

Comes as a part of Philips Duo series.

Mike Balmer said:

This recording is magical. From the very first notes of the famous prelude to the G Suite, Gendron fills the room with an unequalled richness and depth of sound. I have often thought the Cello Suites to be a somewhat technical exercise for musicians. After listening to Gendron's interpretation, I was filled with a sense of awe at the beauty of Bach's vision and of Gendron's understanding.

Sean Nolan said:

This is the best recording I have heard of the suites. I listen to this recording everyday. Gendron's playing the 5th Suite is excellent! The 5th Suite is played in scordatura, as it should be. The playing in each suite is powerful, getting the best from each movement. This is my benchmark to compare other recordings of the Suites.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael Pak
  • Angelo Casertano
  • Mike Balmer
  • Sean Nolan
Date First Submitted:01/13/1998