J.S. Bach

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Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach: The Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Yo-Yo Ma
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:Sony Classical
Catalog Number:S2K 63203
Year Released/Recorded:1994-97
Total Playing Time:134 mins
Comments:Victor Cheung said:

Every time I listen to Yo-Yo Ma's interpretation I'll ask myself, 'Is this music? Does he come from God? If not, it must be some in heaven.' Buy it, listen to it, and take a fresh look on Bach's solo works.

Shawn Dedrik said:

Ma's playing is more effective in those suites (#2, #5) that withstand a melodramatic, rhythmically flexible performance. It is less effective where the music demands a stricter rhythm and a less adulterated interpretation (#1, #3, #4, #6). Inferior overall to Rostropovich's EMI recording, and with weaker cumulative impact, especially in the first movements of #1, #4, and #6.

Chad Miller said:

I haven't gone for more than two days without listening to these suites. Yo-Yo Ma brings them to life with pain, suffering, and tremendous depth. They tap into me unlike anything else. I can't run away from their strength. Maybe you'd find something similar.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Victor Cheung
  • Shawn Dedrik
  • Chad Miller
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:05/22/1998