Podger: Bach - Cello Suites arranged for violin (24/192 FLAC)
Podger: Bach – Cello Suites arranged for violin (24/192 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Rachel Podger
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Channel Classics
Release: 2019
Size: 4.29 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007 – transcribed by R. Podger (D Major)
01. I. Prelude
02. II. Allemande
03. III. Courante
04. IV. Sarabande
05. V. Menuet 1 & 2
06. VI. Gigue

Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV1008 – transcribed by R. Podger (A minor)
07. I. Prelude
08. II. Allemande
09. III. Courante
10. IV. Sarabande
11. V. Menuet 1 & 2
12. VI. Gigue

Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV1009 – transcribed by R. Podger (G Major)
13. I. Prelude
14. II. Allemande
15. III. Courante
16. IV. Sarabande
17. V. Bourrée
18. VI. Gigue

Cello Suite No.4 in E Flat Major, BWV1010 – transcribed by R. Podger (B Flat Major)
19. I. Prelude
20. II. Allemande
21. III. Courante
22. IV. Sarabande
23. V. Bourrée
24. VI. Gigue

Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV1011 – transcribed by R. Podger (G minor)
25. I. Prelude
26. II. Allemande
27. III. Courante
28. IV. Sarabande
29. V. Gavotte 1 & 2
30. VI. Gigue

Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV1012
31. I. Prelude
32. II. Allemande
33. III. Courante
34. IV. Sarabande
35. V. Gavotte 1 & 2
36. VI. Gigue

Since, I have spent a fair bit of time coaching cellists, both modern and baroque alike, and found myself playing along to demonstrate various points I gradually could feel these pieces joining the violin partitas and sonatas as another kind of ‘daily bread’; I started catching myself playing some of the movements I particularly loved while warming up, and realising that it was actually possible to play them on the violin, and to find a special expressive vocabulary at the higher pitch.
How could one possibly justify it, especially with works that have peppered the recording catalogue with some of the most iconic and adored string performances of all time, the Casals, Fourniers, Torteliers or Starkers? But what I was doing also seemed very much in keeping with Bach’s own habit of recycling his compositions for different instruments and different uses. The examples are endless but I immediately think of the concertos appearing as sinfonias in cantatas, or concertos for violins turned into harpsichord concertos.
The more I reflect, the less I feel the need to be defensive because Bach did far more outrageous things! Think of the Prelude of the E major Partita for violin turned into a full orchestral cantata movement with trumpets and drums

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