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Artists

Julius Berger

Title

Bach - Cage/Choräle (3LPs)

Catalogue No.

SMLP271

Release

15.09.2017





Description

Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites for cello solo are arguably the purest form of music, works that require no explanation or background knowledge. Johann Sebastian Bach made one of his most profound affirmations, a Gradus ad Parnassum, which in six stages sets out an intellectual and technical challenge that is and will probably remain peerless in the history of music for our instrument. My colleague and friend, Prof. Peter Langgartner from the Mozarteum University of Salzburg pointed out to me that the Prelude of the first suite contains Luther’s chorale “VomHimmelhoch, da komm’ ich her” (from Heaven above, from thence I come).I had always presumed so and was grateful for confirmation that the cello suites make allusions to chorales and religious messages. I have therefore found a musical way of opening a spiritual door to the suites and added chorales to Suites 1, 3, and 5 in the mould of sounds from John Cage’s work One 8, chorales that in my opinion are definitely consistent with messages conveyed in the suites. I find that John Cage’s music shares similarities with Bach’s. His music allows for inner reflection, providing a contemplative point of calm. Cage said the purpose of music is “to cleanse the soul and bring it peace, thus making it amenable to divine influences”. My son Immanuel intones the chorales to this special music; each chorale is followed by two Bach suites.

Julius Berger

Tracklist

Track Individual Titel/Artitst Duration
  Vinyl 1 - FACE A 21:46
  Excerpt from "One 8" for Violoncello solo (1991)/Choral "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her" (Martin Luther, 1535)  
1 Choral "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her" 2:41
  Suite No. 1 G major BWV 1007 for Violoncello solo  
2 Prélude 2:39
3 Allemande 4:48
4 Courante 2:41
5 Sarabande 3:47
6 Menuet I and II  3:34
7 Gigue 1:49
 
Vinyl 1 - FACE B
22:10
  Suite No. 2 D minor BWV 1008 for Violoncello solo  
1 Prélude 4:32
2 Allemande 4:34
3 Courante 1:57
4 Sarabande 5:15
5 Menuet I and II  3:37
6 Gigue 2:28
 
Vinyl 2 - FACE A
27:50
  Excerpt from "One 8" for Violoncello solo (1991)/Choral "Gelobt sei Gott im höchsten Thron"  (Melchior Vulpius, Melodie (1609), Michael Weiße, Text (1531))  
1 Choral "Gelobt sei Gott im höchsten Thron"  1:45
  Suite No. 3 C major BWV 1009 for Violoncello solo  
2 Prélude 4:32
3 Allemande 4:47
4 Courante 3:47
5 Sarabande 4:56
6 Bourrée I and II  4:58
7 Gigue 3:13
 
Vinyl 2 - FACE B
29:13
  Suite No. 4 E flat major BWV 1010 for Violoncello solo  
1 Prélude 5:57
2 Allemande 5:57
3 Courante 3:56
4 Sarabande 4:41
5 Bourrée I and II  5:55
6 Gigue 3:00
 
Vinyl 3 - FACE A
 
  Excerpt from "One 8" for Violoncello solo (1991)/Choral "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" (Johann Crüger (1598-1662), Melodie, Paul Gerhardt (1607 - 1676), Text)  
1 Choral "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden" 4:21
  Suite No. 5 C minor BWV 1011 for Violoncello solo  
2 Prélude 6:14
3 Allemande, Courante 7:52
4 Sarabande 4:43
5 Gavotte I and II , Gigue 8:27
 
Vinyl 3 - FACE B
 
  Suite No. 6 D major BWV 1012 for Violoncello solo  
1 Prélude 5:29
2 Allemande 7:31
3 Courante 3:47
4 Sarabande 4:47
5 Gavotte I and II  5:17
6 Gigue 4:34
     
  Total  

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