J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Six Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Morten Zeuthen
Individual Works:Suite No 1 for Violoncello Solo in G Major BWV 1007
Suite No 2 for Violoncello Solo in D Minor BWV 1008
Suite No 3 for Violoncello Solo in C Major BWV 1009
Suite No 4 for Violoncello Solo in E flat Major BWV 1010
Suite No 5 for Violoncello Solo in C Minor BWV 1011
Suite No 6 for Violoncello Solo in D Major BWV 1012
Partita for Violoncello Solo in D Minor BWV 1013
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Classico
Catalog Number:Classcd 104-105
Year Released/Recorded:1992-1993
Total Playing Time:146:48
Comments:Mikael Aktor said:

This is a remarkable recording for several reasons. Apart from the very high standard of musicianship, Morten Zeuthen endeavours to follow the intentions of the composer, having first studied the existing manuscripts with great care. He chooses to put greatest trust in Anna Magdalena's copy from 1729-31, and his interpretation is based on the indications of stroke in this copy compared with other manuscripts. He follows all instructions of the score, for instance he plays the 5th suite in c-minor with the upper string tuned down one whole tone as indicated. This recording also contains Zeuthen's own d-minor transcription of the a-minor partita for solo flute BWV 1013, the original instrument of which has been disputed. Comparing with the other solo works Zeuthen concludes that the work has more in common with the cello suites than with the solo works for violin or harpsichord.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Mikael Aktor
Date First Submitted:07/08/1999