J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Heinrich Schiff
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, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 in in D major, BWV 1012
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:CDS 7 47471 8
Year Released/Recorded:1984
Total Playing Time:121' 30"
Comments:Todd M. Billeci said:

This is among the neglected gems of the Bach cello suites on record. Schiff plays with refinement and panache, and is recorded up-close in an ideal warm acoustic. Some may find the detachÚ bowing and brisk tempo in the G major prelude put-offish, but the beautifully articulated Allemande which follows should allay any doubts about Schiff's artistry, as he seems fully inside this repertoire. Shiff shines in the E-flat suite (No. 4) which begins the second disc, and I recommend to newcomers that they listen to disc two first to avoid the shock of the controversial Prelude mentioned above which opens the set. After a shockingly disappointing Yo-Yo Ma all-Bach recital last yeat (97), this was the disc my party and I shoved in the CD player first. What a relief! Full recommendation.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Todd M. Billeci
Date First Submitted:01/13/1998