J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Unaccompanied Cello Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Paul Tortelier
Individual Works:Suite No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009
Suite No. 6 in D, BWV 1012
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:CDC 7 49036 2
Year Released/Recorded:1983
Comments:Kristian Dahl said:

A critic wrote of Tortelier: "The frozen sensibility of that magnificent face, often expressing a sort of tortured calm, the suggestion of internal tension at odds with the exceptional freedom and flexibility of bow and fingers."

Bach is his first and greatest idol, and you can feel it from this recording.

Marand said:

Balance engineer: Neville Boyling
Recorded in Temple Church, London

I find these recording sound "true", Tortelier seems to have captured the spirit of the suites, instead of just doing a technical demonstration, as it often happens.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Salvatore Petrona
  • Kristian Dahl
  • Marand
Date First Submitted:12/24/1995