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:RCA
Catalog Number:RD70950
Year Released/Recorded:1976
Total Playing Time:approx. 126 mins.
Comments:Bylsma's earlier recording of the set. Indicates a more classical approach to the works, distinguished by the quieter and austerer sound of a typical Baroque cello (Matthio Goffrileri, Venezio 1699) as compared to his recent Sony recordings, using a large Starivarius instrument. Still very valuable for those who admire his playing.

Frank Lynch said:

I know it's dangerous to describe this in human terms, but Bylsma's playing here has a far more human tone than he does with his later recording on Sony. The cello seems to sing here, although occasionally the woody sounds like a throat clearing. The tempi are also far preferable. The prelude to #6 has verve; the bourre to #4 is something you would share with all your friends.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • (Mr.) Fang-lin Hou
  • Frank Lynch
Date First Submitted:03/31/1996