These famous Bach suites for unaccompanied cello, here transposed for string bass, yield themselves to very personal, intimate expression. The bare solo instrument playing Bach's simple, emotionally laden lines sounds kind of like a conversation you might have with yourself. Refer to page 8 of the liner for a writeup on what comprises a suite. For a single track to play, the preludes (track 1,7,13) are probably the most substantial. I highly recommend sitting down with some time and attention to give and letting this timeless music affect you.|
Suite 2 D minor
1. My personal favorite. Moments of achingly poignant tension;
intense, sorrowful, beautiful.
2. Stately allemande
3. Lively, quick tempo courante
4. Very slow and ornate sarabande
5. Slow minuet dance, sounds almost medieval
6. Brisk paced gigue with bursts of ferocious bowing
Suite 1 G major
7. A popular Suzuki solo piece. Rolling arpeggiated chords; bright, carefree.
8. Bright, pleasant allemande.
9. Another popular solo piece. Fast, playful, jubilant.
10. Slow and stately.
11. A moderately paced frolic followed by bittersweet lamentations in 3/4. Very beautiful.
12. Playful gigue.
Suite 5 in C minor
13. Another sorrowful prelude. Rocks out like only string bass can -- with fat, rich, expressive notes way down in register to rattle the windows. Plays the poignant lines with such care and emotional intensity.
14. Stately, heavily ornamented allemande
15. Courante with a strong beat and wonderful fat, rumbling string bass octaves
16. Deliciously creepy, ominous sarabande
17. Light & airy; brisk paced gavotte
18. Lilting gigue; ever heard a bass sing?