J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Guido Schiefen
Individual Works:Suite 1 G Major, BWV 1007
Suite 3 C Major, BWV 1009
Suite 6 D Major, BWV 1012
Suite 2 D Minor, BWV 1008
Suite 4 E-flat Major, BWV 1010
Suite 5 C Minor, BWV 1011
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Arte Nova
Catalog Number:74321 39045 2
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:2 CDs, 75' 16" and 75, 41"
Comments:Hieu Tran said:

Guido Schiefen succeeds at bringing out all the emotions that Bach imbued these suites with. The recording is good, with dynamics easily detected. The sound, in fact, is quite clear. That is perhaps a bit unfortunate for Schiefen, for although he does play the suites well, his technique sounds as though it gets in the way. In the first Prelude, he seems to be inadvertently hitting against the cello, adding an unncessary percussion to the music. The recording picks this up and makes it somewhat distracting. Also, Schiefen at times borders upon playing some of the suites in rubato--a little sloppy. The emotional playing probably comes from the fact that Schiefen cheats with a little rubato. Nevertheless, at worst, this is a tolerable performance.

Joseph Sweaney said:

This is a terrific recording for the price. Schiefen has a pretty sturdy sound, with little or no vibrato, which allows him to make each line sound clearly. Also, he projects the architecture of each movement well.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Hieu Tran
  • Joseph Sweaney
Date First Submitted:01/03/1999