Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

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Delphian

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DCD34150

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2

Release date:

31st July 2015

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0801918341502

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2 hours 10 minutes

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Bach, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012


Philip Higham (cello)

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Philip Higham's debut recording, a disc of Benjamin Britten's three solo suites, won acclaim across the board, including Disc of the Month accolades from both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. He has chosen to follow it directly with the Bach suites which were Britten's inspiration, and which remain pinnacles of the repertoire for any cellist. Higham has returned to Anna Magdalena Bach's manuscript copy of the works, recently the object of some controversy. For Higham, however, the manuscript is a provocation not to speculation over authorship but to interpretations at once broadly and deeply conceived. Not afraid to question received wisdom, Higham's thoughtful yet daring approach also leads him to combine elements of period and modern style both in his playing and in his choice of instruments – a 1697 cello for the first five suites and a 2013 five-string instrument to bring out the extraordinary range of colours with which Bach invested the crowning Sixth.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007

I. Prelude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Menuet I – Menuet II

VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008

I. Prelude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Menuet I – Menuet II

VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009

I. Prelude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Bourrée I – Bourrée II

VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major BWV 1010

I. Prelude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Bourrée I – Bourrée II

VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011

I. Prelude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Gavotte I – Gavotte II

VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012

I. Prelude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Gavotte I – Gavotte II

VI. Gigue

Sunday Times

2nd August 2015

“What’s most impressive about these compelling readings is that Higham avoids the romanticist’s self-indulgently furrowed brow without sacrificing intensity.”

Early Music Review

1st August 2015

“I reckon Higham could just have been handed a twig from a tree and he would have made beautiful music! … I will be impressed if he can better these renditions.”

The Scotsman

15th August 2015

“There’s a beautifully meditative quality to these performances of Bach’s solo cello Suites by Philip Higham that is both soothing and questioning … the entire set displays a seamless flow of invention that takes us from the pragmatic virtuosity of the 1st to the heart-tugging emotion of the 6th as if on a life’s journey. Higham’s use of a 5-string instrument in the latter endows the finale of this 2-CD set with a prophetic, luminescent glow”

BBC Music Magazine

October 2015

“here's a snapshot of a highly gifted musician in the midst of an exploratory process…he's gone back to Anna Magdalena's copy, finding a variant of the opening material in the D major Prelude which adds a piquant suspension to the pattern. Higham has also absorbed its asymmetric implied bowings, bringing a fascinating, fluid tension to the G major Prelude, in particular.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2015

“Higham plays his usual warm and fulsome Testore for Suites Nos. 1 to 5 but swaps to a clean and crisp modern five-string Roth cello for the filigree Sixth Suite. It is hard to imagine how Higham could have done better than choose these very different instruments to elicit the combinations of tone and colour that he is able to achieve across the Suites.”

The Herald (Glasgow)

August 2015

“The character he finds throughout this music is consistently revealing...unpretentious depths and organic, naturalistic flow: the highest possile recommendation.”

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