Bach - Sonatas and Partitas BWV1001-6 (arr. for cello) | Linn CKD548

Bach - Sonatas and Partitas BWV1001-6 (arr. for cello)


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD548

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 19th February 2016



With two Gramophone Awards to his name and a reputation synonymous with excellence, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola is a musician who is at the top of his profession. With an established fan base built over his two decades with viol consort Phantasm, Luolajan-Mikkola makes his solo Linn debut in style, tackling what is considered the pinnacle of Bach’s output for violinists: the Sonatas and Partitas.

Transcribing these hugely popular works for cello, especially one in Baroque set-up, was not without its risks, although performing on Baroque cello also offers compelling advantages. Luolajan-Mikkola takes his interpretative cue from the set-up of the Baroque instrument, which informs such issues as tuning, vibrato, fingering and articulation.

Performing the Sonatas and Partitas on the cello is so challenging that it is almost impossible to imagine a cellist of Bach’s day playing them, but Luolajan-Mikkola rises to the challenge with aplomb. Luolajan-Mikkola’s main aim in this recording has been to capture emotion and convey expression according to the respective key and character of each movement, which he achieves in spades.

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola is a historically informed musician who has given more than a thousand concerts in thirty countries. Luolajan-Mikkola was president of the Finnish Soloists’ Association 2003–08 and artistic director of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra 2010–13, and in 2010 founded the BRQ Vantaa Festival. As a member of the viol consort Phantasm, he has won two Gramophone Awards, as well as other accolades, including the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone and ‘Recording of the Month’ in BBC Music Magazine.

‘Markku Luolajan-Mikkola plays with enormous reverence and attention to detail.’ - Gramophone

‘…the sound is ever luminous.’ - BBC Music Magazine

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