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Иоганн Себастьян Бах. Виолончельные сюиты и сонаты, Французские сюиты

J.S. Bach: Cello Suites, Cello Sonatas, French Suites

J.S. Bach: Cello Suites, Cello Sonatas, French Suites

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1002454
  • Release: 2016
Firma Melodiya presents a set of Johann Sebastian Bach’s chamber music performed by the duet of Alexander Zagorinsky (cello) and Einar Steen-Nøkleberg (piano, Norway).
Their collaboration started back in 2002 and since then the musicians have demonstrated their outstanding professional mastery and complete unanimity in emotional and stylistic rendition of music. Alexander Zagorinsky is a representative of Natalia Shakhovskaya’s Moscow school and former concertmaster of the group of cellos of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. The musician’s extensive repertoire includes music of four centuries. In the opinion of authoritative sources, Norwegian pianist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg is the best interpreter of Grieg’s music who combines his solo career with active teaching. The difference in age and traditions did not prevent them from forming an ideal team where both are quick to understand each other.
While their first joint album was dedicated to the age of romanticism, this time around they turn to Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. The programme of the set demonstrates the cellist’s and pianist’s mastery as both ensemble and virtuosic solo performers. The album features three sonatas for cello and clavier, six solo cello suites and six “French” harpsichord suites. The musicians dedicated their album to Tatiana Nikolayeva, a distinguished domestic pianist and winner of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. Her recitals were a significant influence on the formation of both musicians’ appreciation of music.

CD 1.
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
1 Prélude 3.10
2 Allemande 4.29
3 Courante 2.35
4 Sarabandе 3.43
5 Menuet I – Menuet II 3.58
6 Gigue 1.51
Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
7 Prélude 4.54
8 Allemande 4.28
9 Courante 2.11
10 Sarabandе 6.54
11 Menuet I – Menuet II 3.37
12 Gigue 2.46
Cello Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027
13 I. Adagio – II. Allegro ma non tanto 7.37
14 III. Andante 2.09
15 IV. Allegro moderato 3.21
Cello Sonata No.2 in D major, BWV 1028
16 I. Adagio – II Allegro 5.48
17 III. Andante 4.07
18 IV. Allegro 4.25

Total time: 72.12

Alexander Zagorinsky, cello
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, piano (13–18)

CD 2.
Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009
1 Prélude 4.44
2 Allemande 4.05
3 Courante 4.01
4 Sarabandе 5.20
5 Bourrée I – Bourrée II 4.59
6 Gigue 3.22
Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
7 Prélude 6.22
8 Allemande 4.17
9 Courante 4.10
10 Sarabandе 5.01
11 Bourrée I – Bourrée II 6.55
12 Gigue 3.02
Cello Sonata No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029
13 I Vivace 5.42
14 II Adagio 5.26
15 III Allegro 3.49

Total time: 71.23

Alexander Zagorinsky, cello
Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, piano (13–15)

CD 3.
Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011
1 Prélude 8.15
2 Allemande 6.44
3 Courante 2.56
4 Sarabandе 4.04
5 Gavotte I – Gavotte II 6.32
6 Gigue 2.27
Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012
7 Prélude 6.05
8 Allemande 10.43
9 Courante 4.11
10 Sarabandе 6.48
11 Gavotte I – Gavotte II 5.08
12 Gigue 4.23

Total time: 68.22

Alexander Zagorinsky, cello 

CD 4.
French Suite No.1 in D minor, BWV 812
1 Allemande 4.25
2 Courante 2.03
3 Sarabandе 3.25
4 Menuet I – Menuet II 3.10
5 Gigue 3.32
French Suite No.2 in C minor, BWV 813
6 Allemande 4.03
7 Courante 1.55
8 Sarabandе 3.34
9 Air 1.33
10 Menuet 3.52
11 Gigue 2.15
French Suite No.3 in B minor, BWV 814
12 Allemande 3.45
13 Courante 2.13
14 Sarabandе 3.32
15 Anglaise 1.29
16 Menuet 2.59
17 Gigue 2.17

Total time: 50.11

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, piano 

CD 5.
French Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 815
1 Allemande 2.36
2 Courante 1.47
3 Sarabandе 3.08
4 Gavotte 1.21
5 Menuet 1.01
6 Air 1.40
7 Gigue 2.36
French Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816
8 Allemande 3.16
9 Courante 1.39
10 Sarabandе 4.40
11 Gavotte 1.15
12 Bourrée 1.22
13 Loure 2.35
14 Gigue 3.34
French Suite No.6 in E major, BWV 817
15 Allemande 2.34
16 Courante 1.31
17 Sarabandе 4.13
18 Gavotte 1.17
19 Polonaise 1.31
20 Menuet 1.43
21 Bourrée 1.29
22 Gigue 2.32

Total time: 49.30

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, piano 

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