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6 Suites for Solo Cello

Johann Sebastian Bach , Pierre Fournier Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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listen13. J.S. Bach: Suite For Cello Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1009 - 1. Prélude 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Pierre Fournier
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (February 11, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Archiv Produktion
  • ASIN: B000001GRZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Elegance is the quality in Pierre Fournier's playing that makes the first and, ultimately, the most lasting impression. He finds great depth in the suites, but he shows constant awareness that he is playing mostly dance music (usually, and importantly, French dance music), that joy is its most important underlying emotion and that graceful movement and rhythmic fluency are essential. --Joe McLellan

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161 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fournier Bach suites still the best April 26, 1999
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I recently did a comparative listening of the Fournier Bach suites--one of the first pieces of cello music I owned after taking up cello in fourth grade!--with recent recordings by Ma and Rostropovich. I was delighted to find that my old emotional memories of the Fournier were accurate--it is completely musical from end to end, and the sound is gorgeous. The fifth and sixth suites, in particular, are in a class by themselves. The Sarabande to Suite 6 is among the most beautiful cuts of cello music ever recorded. More surprising was the fact that the sound and production quality were also the best of the lot when we listened on studio monitors. Very nice room sound, and good mastering work. We also had the distinct impression that mikes and mike placements were chosen for each movement (e.g., the ambient sound for the heavy prelude to Suite 5 is different from that of the high and fast-moving Gigue to Suite 6.) If you want one recording of the Bach suites, this is the one to get.
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118 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'comparaison non comparaison'! October 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Mr. McLellan's brief review for Amazon is dead on! Pierre Fournier's by now classic recording of the Bach Suites remains unchallenged, and the joy of the Kapellmeister is its everlasting motive! There simply is no rival to this rendition of these spiritual classics. The only other claimant on the horizon would be the version by Janos Starker; yet for all of Starker's understanding of Bach's invigorated masterpieces, I don't believe his conception is as cultured or his over-arching execution as fine as that of Fournier. The great assuredness of the Prelude of the first Suite is sweetened by Fournier's rich thought, and his handling of the Prelude of the sixth Suite, with its climbing 1-3-1-5-1-8 pattern, is so humanly drawn- like an illuminated letter in a Book of Hours! -well, as the French say, comparison is no comparison! The fifth Suite with its famous Sarabande hangs like a late afternoon in Sainte-Chapelle! This is art ineffacable and indispensable. Forget Ma's interpretation- he plays it like a schoolboy; Rostropovich is inconstant; Casals ends by offering more Casals than Bach; Heinrich Schiff goes deep but cannot be said to have wagered with Time itself in essaying these Suites - there is impatience in his probing version. Maisky, whose playing is always informed and beautiful, often keeps himself from the very joy that wings from Fournier's body and bow! Fournier doesn't perform, he holds court; and an audience with his Sebastian Bach is more rewarding by leagues than mere regal favor. Listen and be ennobled; here is art beholden to the gods.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Cello Playing and Great Music October 20, 1998
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This is one of the greatest albums of cello music ever made. Fournier knows this music inside and out, and he probes the depths for what is hidden in these suites. Furthermore, Fournier's sound and technique are almost without peer. This album and the ones by Casals could be taken as the absolute references for these works. The recorded sound is superb, especially in this reissue.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unparallelled Bach October 9, 2006
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Fournier uses a rare circa-1722 Venetian Matteo Goffriler Cello for these recordings; hence their distinctive timbre which is without parallel in the Bach solo cello suites discography. Fournier's choice of instrument is vital in that Bach wrote these pieces between 1717 and 1723, while Kappelmeister in Kothen. This instrument, combined with Fournier's tasteful period-influenced lack of excessive vibrato may be the reason behind some of the less-than-positive reactions here. Incidentally, that Fournier's performance is still the benchmark for the repertory is evidenced by the fact that the original LPs featuring 2 suites apiece easily sell for a good deal more than the entire CD set as priced here. For those who prefer ahistorical histrionics, by all means go with Yo Yo. For those who would actually like to have a distinct notion of how these pieces must have sounded to Bach's contemporaries, I suggest the great Fournier.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to get March 17, 2002
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Of the five versions of the Bach cello suites that I have heard -- Rostropovich, Starker, Yo-Yo Ma, Casals, and Fournier -- the Fournier in my opinion must get the nod as the finest overall. Ma seems mannered to me, and Starker a bit on the dry side. The Casals is important historically, but I find it stiff in its phrasing. There are moments in the Rostropovich set that I treasure above the corresponding moments in the Fournier, but the sound is muddy and Rostropovich's intonation is, honestly, not all it could be in all instances. The Fournier is beautifully recorded, despite the rough spot noted by several other reviewers, rhythmically assured, deeply felt, noble, and completely in the service of the composer. It is thoroughly beautiful. If you like Arthur Grumiaux's version of the solo violin sonatas and partitas, you will like this version of the cello suites.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good recording to enjoy and to meet this Bach's work January 11, 2003
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I don't use to write reviews or comments, but reading previous ones rating this recording so low, I must do something to increase its value.
I own the cello suites in several versions by Casals, Yo-yo Ma and Fournier's. This is the most "Bachian" and trustful to barroque spirit (don't know other versions)of all three. Very well recorded (that cello sounds as if was in your room), has tempo, virtuosity and emmotion. Yo-Yo Ma's is good, but lacks the tempo and has too much emmotion, I think it's not as trustful to Bach's intention, but is also worth listening. Casals is also outstanding, but the old recording quality sometimes takes focus away from the music.
If you are looking for a first version for your collection or you are a music lover that already have it by other performers, you should have it or at least give it an audition. Its weakness (if any) is that Fournier's cello sometimes sounds so bass heavy that seems it has 5 or 6 strings, but it's very pleasant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Bach with an outstanding cellist
I had trouble choosing a recording of Bach's Cello Suites. I couldn't decided whether I wanted Janos Starker's renditions or Maria Kliegel's performance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eric S. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
Always heard about Bach's Cello solo suite and this is one of the best edition! The recording (made in 1961) is very good. The sound quality is perfect. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Do Without!
This is one of Bach's (many) can't do without albums. Deutsche Grammophon's Legendary 'The Originals' Recordings are just that. Watch for them!
Published 16 months ago by brotagonist
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
I doubt another review is necessary. Fournier was and still is one of the giants. For years my standard reference for unaccompanied cello was Casals. Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. J. Leedham
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but not dull!
Baroque music is good for background but at times can get boring. Not so with this performance by Pierre Fournier. He plays the Suites slowly but with much feeling and freshness.
Published 21 months ago by Eric Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this.
I can't compare this with most of the other recordings of these suites available. I can tell you that the performances & recording are excellent so there is no need to hesitate. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Bohmfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Purely Amazing
I received the CD's yesterday & have been listening to them nealy all the time. The phrasing, intonation, tempo & sound are all first rate. Read more
Published on March 25, 2011 by Hamid Moham
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach: 6 Suiten für Violoncello solo
Bach: 6 Suiten für Violoncello solo is a recording where one has the pleasure to hear the genius of Pierre Fournier at work. Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars This is absolutely great
I'm a casual classical music listener and don't play the cello, so I won't involve myself in the debate over which of the various recordings of these pieces is definitive. Read more
Published on January 7, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars tough competition, but fournier gets it.
i'm not a cellist, just a long time devoted classical music enthusiast. i own 5 versions of the bach cello suites that are all excellent and well-loved: ma, rostropovich, harrell,... Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Philip King
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