Colin Carr.

Bach, J S:

  • Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Colin Carr (cello)

Performing regularly throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, British cellist Colin Carr is a frequent guest at the world’s leading concert halls and festivals.

In May 2012 Colin Carr returned to Wigmore Hall in London to record Bach’s cello suites, that are regarded as the pinnacle of the repertoire for the instrument.

Demonstrating his great technical mastery, Carr delved deeply beneath the surface of these six suites and explored their inner workings with great style. His meditative performance, and his profound personal style are captured within this recording.

And Colin Carr said the following about this msuic:

“I have played these pieces for decades; there is no music with which I am more familiar. It may sound like a cliché but every time I come back to them they are different. The other day I played them in London for a recording. At the end of the session we decided it would be worth playing the C minor suite through again and the Allemande was 35 seconds faster than the previous time. Nothing had been discussed and I had not listened to the previous one and made an adjustment. It was a spontaneous thing for better or worse; at the moment it felt better. But imagine that, a movement of four to five minutes being 35 seconds faster. I was delighted. If I have the misfortune to have to listen to performances from long ago I don’t recognize myself. The challenge always is to prepare everything meticulously and then to be a thoroughly clean vessel through which the music can flow, as it needs to at that moment, not knowing how it will emerge. Always paradox!”

Here is Mr. Carr in the JS Bach- Cello Suite No. 1, III. Courante:

And next, here is Colin Carr in J. S. Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for Unaccompanied Cello, the fourth movement: ‘Sarabande’.


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