JS Bach - Cello Suites | Pentatone PTC5186751

JS Bach - Cello Suites


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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186751

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 9th April 2020



Alisa Weilerstein (cello)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cello Suites 1-6 (complete), BWV1007-1012


Alisa Weilerstein (cello)


After her acclaimed PENTATONE debut with Transfigured Night, Alisa Weilerstein returns with a complete recording of Bach’s Cello Suites. These pieces present the highest mountain to climb for any cellist, and one of the most transcendent and rewarding experiences for listeners alike. With his suites, Bach crafted – essentially without direct precedent – a body of solo cello music that forever defined the genre and brought the Baroque cello on par with its more popular cousin, the viola da gamba. Since Pablo Casals put them in the limelight again after 150 years of relative oblivion, Bach’s suites have become the alpha and omega for generations of cellists. To Weilerstein, the joy of this music – vibrant, contemporary, unquestionably alive – is the joy of her interpretation to the listener.

Since signing an exclusive contract PENTATONE, Alisa Weilerstein has released Transfigured Night (2018), and featured on Inon Barnatan’s Beethoven Piano Concertos Part 1 as well as Old Souls, an album with music for flute and strings (both released in 2019).


So yet another superb digital set of the Cello Suites, one to place alongside Emmanuelle Bertrand, Alban Gerhardt, Steven Isserlis, Thomas Demenga and Yo-Yo Ma (his latest version). And Weilerstein’s special qualities? Her resolve to allow each movement of each suite to shine on its own terms. … She has all options covered, and Pentatone has recorded her with impressive presence. Very strongly recommended.  Rob Cowan
Gramophone July 2020
There's a lot to like, the rich woody tone, the intonation, the accuracy of the string crossing spread chords and the strength of musical line … Fine playing and recording
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 11 April 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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