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Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo / Matt Haimovitz

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Oxingale Records releases cellist Matt Haimovitz’ new recording: 6 Suites for Cello Solo by J. S. Bach. Complete on three compact discs, this vibrantly original, yet historically sensitive rendition of the beloved cello suites is accompanied by a 24-page booklet featuring musical commentary on each suite and 15 black and white photographs.

With this recording, Israeli-born Matt Haimovitz makes his first appearance on Oxingale Records. Previously, his six acclaimed recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon label received praise for their deep expressiveness, interpretive insight, flawless technique and burnished tone. His recording, Suites and Sonatas for Solo Cello, was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque (1991) and le Diapason d’Or (1991). Of his debut 1989 recording, Saint-Saens, Bruch, and Lalo with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gramaphone Magazine wrote, "this recording heralds the arrival of a new star in the cello firmament." For GRP Records Matt Haimovitz also recorded two improvisations with jazz bassist Rob Wasserman for the album, Trios, which features Jerry Garcia and Branford Marsalis, among others.

Matt Haimovitz’ 6 Suites for Cello Solo by J. S. Bach, complete on three compact discs, was recorded in the Plainfield Congregational Church in Plainfield, Mass. In his program note Haimovitz writes: "the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death on July 28th, 2000 inspired the schedule of the recording sessions – July 10 to 13 and August 6 to 7 of that year. I found the sanctuary of Plainfield’s historic hilltown church to be an ideal ambiance that both nurtured the ‘cello’s natural tone and allowed space for the sound to be sculpted." The recording was produced by Luna Pearl Woolf, who, as a composer herself, brought her insight into the compositional process to the production. Engineering was provided by Mark Thayer, whose 20 years of experience recording classical, jazz and acoustic folk music brings a warmth and intimacy to the final sound. The album was mastered by David Glasser, who has mastered 45 Grammy-nominated records and received a Grammy for mastering and restoration of the critically acclaimed "Anthology of American Folk Music."


Audiophile sound, rich with color, and clear as a bell…. Thrilling, direct access to a musical universe of unique beauty. --, February 7, 2001

Haimovitz’s ardent interpretations of the suites [are captured] with warmth and detail… a refreshing dose of humanity. -- Billboard, February 17, 2001

TOP PICK: Haimovitz’ playing resounds with heartfelt emotion. -- US News and World Report, February 19, 2001

These recordings embrace the listener. Phrases dance and sparkle, individual pitches bloom, lines are imbued with a fullbodied, enduring quality. -- Sunday Republican, November 19, 2000

With this release, Haimovitz joins the masters. His interpretation is grittier, more deeply expressive and nuanced than Ma, for instance. -- Advocate Newspapers, November 16, 2000

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Suite I: Prélude
  2. Suite I: Allemande
  3. Suite I: Courante
  4. Suite I: Sarabande
  5. Suite I: Menuets I & II
  6. Suite I: Gigue
  7. Suite II: Prélude
  8. Suite II: Allemande
  9. Suite II: Courante
  10. Suite II: Sarabande
  11. Suite II: Menuets I & II
  12. Suite II: Gigue

Disc: 2

  1. Suite III: Prélude
  2. Suite III: Allemande
  3. Suite III: Courante
  4. Suite III: Sarabande
  5. Suite III: Bourrées I & II
  6. Suite III: Gigue
  7. Suite IV: Prélude
  8. Suite IV: Allemande
  9. Suite IV: Courante
  10. Suite IV: Sarabande
  11. Suite IV: Bourrées I & II
  12. Suite IV: Gigue

Disc: 3

  1. Suite V: Prélude
  2. Suite V: Allemande
  3. Suite V: Courante
  4. Suite V: Sarabande
  5. Suite V: Gavottes I & II
  6. Suite V: Gigue
  7. Suite VI: Prélude
  8. Suite VI: Allemande
  9. Suite VI: Courante
  10. Suite VI: Sarabande
  11. Suite VI: Gavottes I & II
  12. Suite VI: Gigue

Product details

  • Performer: Matt Haimovitz, J. S. Bach
  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Oxingale Records
  • ASIN: B000056PH0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,354 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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