JS Bach - 6 Cello Suites; D Gabrielli - 7 Ricercari | Arcana A459

JS Bach - 6 Cello Suites; D Gabrielli - 7 Ricercari


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Label: Arcana

Cat No: A459

Barcode: 3760195734599

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 22nd February 2019



Bach and Gabrielli: the focus of this recording is an unusual musical match involving the famous 6 Suites for violoncello solo by Johann Sebastian Bach and the little-known 7 Ricercari for violoncello solo (1689) by Domenico Gabrielli of Bologna, the first example of a work for unaccompanied cello in history, and thus the only precedent and possible model for the Bach masterpiece. In what ways are the two series of compositions linked? Cellist Mauro Valli is convinced that there is a connection between the two for a number of reasons, including the preponderant correspondence of the keys. Bach assiduously performed and transcribed works by Italian composers, not only those of his contemporaries but also of earlier musicians, so it is highly likely that he was familiar with Gabrielliís works, in particular with the Ricercari.

Mauro Valli provides an intriguingly new interpretation of Bachís six masterpieces by heralding each one with the corresponding Ricercare. The outcome is strikingly fresh and original, with a wealth of courageously personal diminutions and embellishments that derive from Valliís deep knowledge of the Italian baroque repertoire. Bach was fascinated by composers such as Frescobaldi, Albinoni and Vivaldi, and it certainly makes good sense to perform his Suites in the Italian style!

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