Suites BWV 1007 – 1012

Raaf Hekkema

19.9927.49
Clear
Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The path to this recording was long, windy and fascinating. It started with the awareness that the cello suites provide exceptional playing material for saxophonists. But I long felt that for playing Bach on the saxophone, only the light-sounding soprano saxophone would do—which was, I believed, incompatible with the instrument for which the suites were written.

During preparations for my previous DSD recording of Bach’s partitas for violin (Challenge Classics, CC 72648), I discovered that the alto sax—fitted with an old-style mouthpiece—could reproduce the refined articulation of the violin. Vintage mouthpieces represent the sound ideal of days gone by, before the saxophone was regarded as a ‘jazz instrument’. Then came the idea to play the suites on six different saxophones, each of which holds a unique place in the history of the instrument. 

Tracklist

1.
Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Prelude
02:24
2.
Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Allemande
04:17
3.
Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Courante
02:29
4.
Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Sarabande
02:26
5.
Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Menuett I & II
02:58
6.
Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Gigue
01:45
7.
Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Prelude
04:03
8.
Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Allemande
03:43
9.
Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Courante
02:07
10.
Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Sarabande
04:23
11.
Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Menuett I & II
02:30
12.
Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Gigue
02:41
13.
Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Prelude
02:58
14.
Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Allemande
03:35
15.
Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Courante
03:21
16.
Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Sarabande
04:10
17.
Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Bourree I & II
02:57
18.
Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Gigue
03:04
19.
Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Prelude
03:40
20.
Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Allemande
03:34
21.
Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Courante
03:28
22.
Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Sarabande
04:32
23.
Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Bourree I & Bourree II
04:42
24.
Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Gigue
02:42
25.
Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Prelude
05:18
26.
Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Allemande
04:30
27.
Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Courante
02:03
28.
Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Sarabande
03:45
29.
Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Gavotte I & II
04:01
30.
Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Gigue
02:06
31.
Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Prelude
03:57
32.
Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Allemande
07:24
33.
Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Courante
03:40
34.
Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Sarabande
04:07
35.
Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Gavotte I & II
03:43
36.
Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Gigue
03:47

Total time: 02:06:50

Additional information

Label

SKU

CC72769

Qualities

Channels

, ,

Artists

Composers

Genres

,

Cables

Siltech Mon-Crystal Cabling

Digital Converters

dCS & Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Microphones

Sonodore

Original Recording Format

Producer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording Engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Recording location

Oud Katholieke kerk Delft, The Netherlands on October 11-15, 2017

Release Date January 12, 2018

Press reviews

Audio Advies & Tekst

Yes, fans this is another musical highlight. An album of saxophone performances of the 6 Cello Suites of Bach, played by our patriotic Raaf Hekkema. Very nicely recorded by Bert van der Wolf.

The 6 different saxophones on this album, each with their own character, are masterfully played by Raaf Hekkema. What (micro) dynamics, what phrasing! I have listened to the DSD download of this album from NativeDSD in detail this afternoon. It’s yoga for the ears. Exciting, swinging and compelling.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

Related products

Currency
Cart