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01 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007- Prélude

Pablo Casals

Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude - Johann Sebastian Bach

Cello: Pablo Casals

In the very early twentieth century, no other cellist cared to perform an entire Bach Suite at a recital or concert. They were considered to be either too academic and dry, or too uninteresting for most audiences, without some sort of accompaniment. Indeed, it must be admitted, that any cellist who performs a Bach Suite strictly by himself (there is an edition with a piano accompaniment, not by Bach) is baring his technique and musicality to the highest degree, and that’s a risky thing to do! Casals was astonished that anyone could think the Suites dry, or like an exercise book of scales for intermediate cellists, for he looked at the Suites from his own very Romantic soul, and found them to be full of the deepest meaning and pathos.

It is interesting that while Casals invested the Suites with a hitherto unknown Romanticism as far as their emotional content was concerned, he simultaneously modernized the technique with which they were performed. Cellists prior to Casals used fingerings that incorporated quite a bit of sliding around from note to note. Casals’ fingerings demanded more stretching, and leaps of the left hand, rather than sliding, creating a much cleaner and more musical impression

 - www.cello.org 

Exquisitely played - outstanding.

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15 March 2012 ·

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