J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Jaap ter Linden
Instrumentation:Cello
Individual Works:Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009
Suite No. 4 in E flat, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in c minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi France
Catalog Number:907216.17
Year Released/Recorded:1997
Total Playing Time:146"
Comments:J. Gregory Hendron said:

The choices for the six are not great if you're looking for original instrument performance... well, there are some good performances,
but the selection is poor. Look no longer. He takes his time in these dances, upon 2 fine Italian instruments, and fills the chamber in which he plays with shameless living humane sound. Sometimes I wished for a little quicker smirk here and there, but in total, a finely accomplished performance on a beautiful pair of instruments--so good, I think, Sebastian would have been proud.

Amy Katherine said:

This is a very good CD. I listened to it every night when I went to bed. It is a two CD set. I personally liked the first one the Best. He plays all of the suites very well, but I think he played the first the best. It is very smooth and beautiful sounding. I also loved the Courante from the third. Maybe this was because I played it last year. But he played it wonderfully. It, (especially the first line), always reminds me of dry leaves blowing down the street in fall. It was very inspiring. I would recomend this to any cellist, anyone who loves the cello, or anyone who loves good music. However, if you were only going to get one cellist's rendition, you should get Yo-Yo Ma's. It is 100 times better.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • J. Gregory Hendron
  • Amy Katherine
Date First Submitted:03/26/1998