Matt Haimovitz – Bach: The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena (2015) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Johann Sebastian Bach – The Cello Suites According to Anna Magdalena – Matt Haimovitz (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:13:55 minutes | 2,35 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Pentatone Music B.V.
Recorded: Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City in April 2015

Fresh off the heels of his revelatory period-instrument recording of the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations with Christopher O’Riley, BEETHOVEN, Period., Haimovitz releases J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites according to Anna Magdalena on baroque cello and cello piccolo, the five-string instrument for which Bach’s Suite VI was likely intended.

The original manuscript of J.S. Bach’s 6 Suites for Cello Solo has been lost to history. One of our only apostles is a copy made by Anna Magdalena, Bach’s second wife, her handwriting uncanny in its likeness to the composer’s own. Since 1890, when Casals found a published copy in a second-hand music shop and first performed the suites in public 20 years later, the suites have been both Bible and Holy Grail of the solo cello repertoire – each cellist searching for his own way into the heart of this music.

Cellist Matt Haimovitz has been closely associated with the Bach suites since the year 2000, when the former child prodigy jump-started the alt-classical revolution by performing the complete cycle in folk clubs and rock venues, including New York’s now-defunct punk palace CBGB’s. That same year, he released a 3-CD set of the Suites that launched the newborn Oxingale Records.

Now, 15 years later, Haimovitz returns to The Cello Suites with a stunning new interpretation, intimately informed by Anna Magdalena’s manuscript and the tools of the time.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007
1 I. Prelude 02:17
2 II. Allemande 04:06
3 III. Courante 02:45
4 IV. Sarabande 02:35
5 V. Menuet I-II 03:43
6 VI. Gigue 01:51

Suite II in D Minor, BWV 1008
7 I. Prelude 04:06
8 II. Allemande 03:22
9 III. Courante 02:05
10 IV. Sarabande 04:27
11 V. Menuet I-II 03:16
12 VI. Gigue 02:26

Suite III in C Major, BWV 1009
13 I. Prelude 03:25
14 II. Allemande 04:06
15 III. Courante 02:43
16 IV. Sarabande 03:54
17 V. Bourree I-II 04:05
18 VI. Gigue 03:16

Suite IV in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
19 I. Prelude 03:31
20 II. Allemande 04:27
21 III. Courante 03:40
22 IV. Sarabande 03:49
23 V. Bourree I-II 05:02
24 VI. Gigue 02:47

Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011
25 I. Prelude 05:25
26 II. Allemande 04:32
27 III. Courante 02:18
28 IV. Sarabande 04:00
29 V. Gavotte I-II 04:48
30 VI. Gigue 03:09

Suite VI in D Major, BWV 1012
31 I. Prelude04:21
32 II. Allemande 07:04
33 III. Courante 03:35
34 IV. Sarabande 04:40
35 V. Gavotte I-II 04:16
36 VI. Gigue 04:03

Matt Haimovitz, baroque cello & cello piccolo