Matt Haimovitz | J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo

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J.S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo

by Matt Haimovitz

Groundbreaking, intimate performances featured on PRI's "The World" & NPR, in The New Yorker, Billboard, Wall Street Journal, L.A. Times, U.S. News, nominated for an INDIE Award, winner of Just Plain Folks Award 2001
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1. Suite I: Prélude
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2. Allemande
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3. Courante
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4. Sarabande
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5. Menuets I & II
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6. Gigue
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7. Suite II: Prélude
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8. Allemande
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9. Courante
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10. Sarabande
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11. Menuets I & II
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12. Gigue
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13. Suite III: Prélude
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14. Allemande
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15. Courante
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16. Sarabande
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17. Bourrées I & II
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18. Gigue
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19. Suite IV: Prélude
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20. Allemande
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21. Courante
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22. Sarabande
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23. Bourrées I & II
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24. Gigue
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25. Suite V: Prélude
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26. Allemande
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27. Courante
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28. Sarabande
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29. Gavottes I & II
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30. Gigue
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31. Suite VI: Prélude
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32. Allemande
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33. Courante
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34. Sarabande
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35. Gavottes I & II
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36. Gigue
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
OXINGALE RECORDS' debut release has been honored with a nomination from the AFIM for the INDIE AWARD for BEST SOLO CLASSICAL RECORDING OF 2001. On November 17, 2001 the album was the winner of a Just Plain Folks Award for BEST SOLO CLASSICAL RECORDING of 2001.

Featured in Billboard, and a TOP PICK in U. S. News and World Report, MATT HAIMOVITZ's J. S. Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo, complete on three compact discs, is the latest recording from this internationally acclaimed artist. The set is accompanied by a 24-page booklet featuring musical commentary on each suite and 15 black and white photographs.

Matt Haimovitz' 6 Suites for Cello Solo by J. S. Bach 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."

In 2000, Mr. Haimovitz participated in celebrating the 250th anniversary of J.S. Bach's death with a live-television broadcast of the solo Bach cello suites at the Schwetzingen Castle in Germany. Subsequently, Haimovitz has been taking Bach's beloved cello suites out of the concert hall, performing them in intimate venues and music clubs across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. The Bach Listening-Room Tour has sold-out nearly every performance, has been profiled on National Public Radio's 'Performance Today' and PRI's 'The World,' as well as in the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Among the rave reviews, LA Times critic Mark Swed writes, "In these experiments, Haimovitz has, indeed, recaptured the freshness in music making. There is nothing like the intimacy of hearing great music in a close, casual environment, and Monday night the cellist seemed to absorb as much energy from the crowd as we did from him." Philadelphia Enquirer critic David Patrick Stearns remarks, "If playing Bach in the Old City folk club the Tin Angel was an experiment, cellist Matt Haimovitz succeeded Monday in ways that say as much about the needs of the music-loving public as his extraordinary talent."

For Listening-Room Tour dates please visit Matt Haimovitz's website, www.oxingale.com


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Nick Royal

Haimovitz - Bach Cello Suites
I just bought it, for a birthday present for my wife. So, we haven't heard it yet....but I heard him at the Cabrillo Music Festival of Modern Music in Santa Cruz earlier this month. He's pretty amazing!!
Nick Royal

Larry

A provocative interpretation of Bach's most introspective compositions
I would question Matt's interpretation of these compositions only once or twice, after three listenings. Perhaps after three more, my reservations will disappear. The phrasings, timbres and tempos are thoughtfully ideosyncratic and sometimes startlingly daring. Overall, a tour de force, and a treasure. Bravo.

Jim W

Well thought out, and brilliantly played
An organic and compelling set. Well thought out, and brilliantly played. This was the type of recording that make you think, 'so that’s what was meant'.

Neal Snidow

Haimovitz - Bach Cello Suites
A beautiful, vivid performance with an exceptional sense of presence, as if the music had only recently been written. Also, the production by the Oxingale staff and Ms Woolf makes this one of the very best sounding classical cd's I know of and actually justifies the ridiculous amount of money I've spent on stereo gear over the years. Thanks to all for a superb set.

furry

Fantastic...So real...fresh interpretation of these pieces
Wonderful...full of wonder. Thank you Matt for your artistry!

Stirling Newberry

Bach fans should ask for this for Christmas
There are dozens of recordings of this set, but none so preent in this moment as Matt Haimovitz' reading, which breathes a different air from most. This Bach is in the studio, or looking over the shoulders of musicians, at the elbow of the performer saying "try this, go out on a limb for a new sound." The result is a performance of varied colour that sounds in places as if two different instruments were playing a duet. Scales tumble from his fingers, and long notes sing.

Bob Rose

A Treasure! Beautifully performed, recorded and presented.
One of my favorite Bach creations is this set of solo cello suites.
This recording of Matt Haimovitz is easily my favorite and most
cherished! The beautiful sounds are superbly recorded in an
old church in Western Massachusetts. The honor, grace, and
dignity of the music stands out front and center on these CD's.
In addition to the great music are wonderful liner notes that describe
the recording process and the energy around the whole project
in intricate detail.
This CD is a modern masterpiece, I highly recommend it!

Bill C.

Excellent in every respect.
This is a passionate, intelligent, forceful, and deeply moving recording. It is one of the best I know, and that includes Casals, Rostropovich, and Harrell.