Recorded at the Hans Huber Saal in Basel, this double album documents Thomas Demenga’s second reckoning with the Bach cello suites on ECM. The Swiss cellist previously recorded them between 1986 and 2002, juxtaposing them with contemporary composition (by Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, Sandor Veress, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Toshio Hosokawa and Isang Yun) in a series of albums which count as milestones in the early history of the New Series. (Elliott Carter wrote that he had “never heard the Bach C Major suite played so understandingly and so convincingly.”)
Demenga has spent many years playing and studying every aspect of the Bach cello suites pieces, from source manuscripts to different tempos, embellishments, fingerings and bowings, in the quest to interpret the works faithfully. His considerations and findings are discussed in the liner notes by Thomas Meyer, translated into English by Paul Griffiths. Please consult these notes for further details.
Simultaneously with the 2-CD set of the Suiten für Violoncello, ECM is issuing a vinyl album with the Préludes & Sarabandes from the suites.