Bach: Cello Suites - Alban Gerhardt (2CD)

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Alban Gerhardt

Those elusive qualities of ‘transcendental beauty paired with an enchanting simplicity’, eloquently glossed by Alban Gerhardt in his booklet note, might also be said to characterize his playing in this outstanding new recording.

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Alban Gerhardt (cello)
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In preparing his recording of Bach’s Cello Suites, among the most familiar of all Classical music, Alban Gerhardt has returned to basics: where and when were they composed, what was Bach intending with these works, who were they written for? Among his conclusions is that the works belong to the improvising tradition that Bach as an organist was heir to. There are already many recordings of these superlative works, but there is always room for another: Alban Gerhardt brings his distinctive musical personality to bear, describing them as “transcendental beauty paired with an enchanting simplicity”.

- Chris Dench, The Classical Music Collector