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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ambroisie France
  • ASIN: B00008OTMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Prélude
2. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Allemande
3. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Courante
4. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Sarabande
5. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Menuets 1 et 2
6. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Gigue
7. Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: Prélude
8. Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: Allemande
9. Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: Courante
10. Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: Sarabande
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Disc: 2
1. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: Prelude
2. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: Allemande
3. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: Courante
4. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: Sarabande
5. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: Bourree I / Bourree II
6. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: Gigue
7. Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010: Prelude
8. Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010: Allemande
9. Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010: Courante
10. Suite for solo cello No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010: Sarabande
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on August 27, 2009
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JS Bach's six suites for solo cello are the highest peaks in the repertoire, the goal of every mountaineering cellist, baroque or modern. Many music-lovers would assert that they are the most profound music ever written for a solo string instrument; I would so assert myself. The challenges in performing them are twofold, technical and interpretational. Twentieth Century modern cellists, in my opinion, met the technical challenges first; it was left for 'historically informed' cellists playing baroque instruments to address interpretation, to revive the dance patterns that explicitly underlie the various movements of each suite and to express the implicit counterpoint - the 'duet' of registers - that pervades this music. Baroque cellists, such as Anner Bylsma, have had the edge in the 'informed' use of double stops but have sometimes lacked the power and precision of moderns. In any case, these pieces defy strictures and canons of taste; the cellist has to come to her/his own terms with them, and part of the listener's excitement will be found in hearing the 'agon'.

Ophelie Gaillard first impressed me with her performances of Boccherini cello concertos, on her CD "Madrid". The technical demands of Boccherini's music exceed those of Bach's, especially in playing the highest notes possible on the instrument. Gaillard amazed me with her facility in reaching the 'neiges eternelles', the 'perpetual snows' near the cello bridge where the bow dusts the strings with rosin. Discovering that Gaillard had recorded the Bach suites was like 'Christmas in July' for me; despite the steep price, I had to have this performance. [It's steep in Europe also; I checked amazon in Germany and France.]

The performance matches, perhaps exceeds, my expectations.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Kressel on July 23, 2005
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From the first suite to the sixth suite you will come to realize Ophelie Gaillard's insightful interpretation of the Bach Six Cello Suites. It is a truly phenomenal performance as she easily changes the tonal setting for each piece contained within the suite.

I currently own at least fifteen different recordings of the Bach Six Cello Suites, and this is by far my absolute favorite performance (considering Casals, Rostropovich, and Ma). Although every connoisseur of these pieces could present a formidable argument in favor of their preferred artist's performance, I believe Ophelie Gaillard skill and interpretation rival most recordings available.

Visit her website as the first audible recording after the page loads is one piece of a suite. Be prepared to listen to this Box Set over and over again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Dyer on December 15, 2006
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Ophelie Gaillard has achieved something remarkable with these recordings. In addition to technical brilliance and musical sensitivity, in every movement, the listener is struck by how seriously she takes these suites as dances. Even in the slow sarabandes, one is really struck by the physicality of the rhythms. The fast movements are full of rhythmic energy and generally quite quick.
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