Gyöngy Erödi, baroque violoncello
J. S. Bach, 3 suites for violoncello solo BWV 1007, BWV 1008 & 1011
Three suites for Violoncello by J. S. Bach, played by Gyöngy Erödi on a baroque violoncello in the incredible acoustics of a small chapel in the Austrian mountains. A very special and personal rendering of these iconic masterworks.
What makes this particular recording so special, apart from the very special and powerful music? First of all, we have a cellist for whom these pieces are absolutely central and essential in her musical life and career, and who puts all her energy and love into this music, making the recording a deeply personal and even biographical rendering of a most timeless and universal musical work.
Secondly, we have the magical mountain chapel St. Peter in Austria, a sacred space and ancient power spot, that merges with the sound of the instrument in every moment of the recording. It almost became an instrument of its own during these recording sessions, adding colors, harmonics, and spaces to the music even in unexpected places, thus creating a kind of meta-level to the interpretation that transcends personal ideas and interpretational intents of the original music.
The CD & PDF booklet contains an introductory text as well as poetic texts and short stories written by the artist for every piece on the album.
"It is an uncommon thing to record Bach's cello suites and make the music sound both faithful and novel but that is exactly what Gyöngy Erödi has done. With masterful control and dramatic panache, Erödi brings a unique touch to this foundational text of the cello repertoire. When she takes improvisational liberties, as with the menuet of the first suite, the result is as delightful as it is shocking. That movement departs very far from Bach's notes. But it remains true to the Baroque custom of giving performers a license to re-invent. One imagines that the old fugue master would approve." Eric Siblin (Montreal Gazette), author of The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece
never heard such a wonderful tone in a cello, never heard such wonderful emotional involvement, really a 10 million stars recording !!! And the improvisation is amazing... Waiting for the remaining 3 suites... !
Ich habe es bis jetzt nur unterwegs als stream gehört, dass aber sehr oft abends im Hotelzimmer. Bin gespannt wie es zu Hause auf der guten Anlage klingt. Definitiv aber eine spannende Interpretation.