A whole cosmos on four strings – Bach’s cello suites are an immovable milestone and touchstone for every cellist. The uniqueness of this cycle lies in entrusting a single instrument with the wealth of styles and forms, allusions and cross-references, as it were the entire world of courtly music of his time. Solo cello playing was still a very young art in Germany at the time of Bach, so hardly anyone was in a position to grasp this work, let alone perform it adequately. In any case, Bach is said to have complained often about the inability of the instrumentalists. Only gradually was the playing technique up to the task. Thus, for us today, this music is a gigantic monologue in Bach’s unmistakable language. To follow the genius’ train of thought through this cosmos is a unique attraction, presented by Martin Ostertag with fine nuances and much sensitivity.

“Double CD with brilliant sound quality … Rating: Highly individualistic.“
(Alexander Dick in: Badische Zeitung. 10.10.2008)

“Martin Ostertag expresses the tremendous musical and stylistic diversity with spirited playing … impressive recording … absolutely
recommended.“

(Marion Beyer in: Klassik.com, 10.9.2008)

CD 1
Suite Nr. 1 G-Dur
No. 1 in G major BWV 1007
1. Prélude 2:00
2. Allemande 3:52
3. Courante 2:20
4. Sarabande 2:45
5. Menuett I/II 2:52
6. Gigue 1:44
Suite Nr. 2 d-Moll
No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008
7. Prélude 2:54
8. Allemande 3:24
9. Courante 1:50
10. Sarabande 4:31
11. Menuett I/II 3:01
12. Gigue 2:38
Suite Nr. 3 C-Dur
No. 3 in C major BWV 1009
13. Prélude 3:13
14. Allemande 3:30
15. Courante 2:40
16. Sarabande 4:13
17. Bourrée I/II 3:36
18. Gigue 3:11
Total time CD 1: 54:17
CD 2
Suite Nr. 4 Es-Dur
No. 4 in E flat major BWV 1010
1. Prélude 3:29
2. Allemande 3:50
3. Courante 3:07
4. Sarabande 3:54
5. Bourrée I/II 5:03
6. Gigue 2:49
Suite Nr. 5 c-Moll
No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011
7. Prélude 5:23
8. Allemande 5:45
9. Courante 2:00
10. Sarabande 3:14
11. Gavotte I/II 4:36
12. Gigue 2:17
Suite Nr. 6 D-Dur
No. 6 in D major BWV 1012
13. Prélude 4:34
14. Allemande 7:44
15. Courante 3:32
16. Sarabande 5:03
17. Gavotte I/II 4:34
18. Gigue 4:10
Total time CD 2: 1:15:05
Total time CD 1 + CD 2: 2:09.22

 

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