Aureole etc.




Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line




Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

REVIEW
BARGAIN OF THE MONTH



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Suites for unaccompanied cello
Suite no. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 [16:45]
Suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 [19.12]
Suite no. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 [21:00]
Suite no. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 [23:32]
Suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 [25:26]
Suite no. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 [31:09]
Liner notes (spoken word, English) [11:23]
Liner notes (spoken word, French) [9:03]
Luigi Piovano (cello)
rec. August, 2008 Montepulciano, Italy.
ELOQUENTIA AL1021 [80:30 + 78:00]

Experience Classicsonline



Luigi Piovano‘s recording of Bach’s Six Suites is a treat for those who love this composer and this instrument. Too often the suites are made tedious by hefty, Romantically-derived performances. Those who find the historically informed performance school too austere, however, need have no fears about this performance. It features playing of great beauty and expressiveness, the product of a very sound technique and a profound musical intelligence.

The Six Suites follow the same structure of a Prelude followed by dance movements: Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, and Gigue. Each suite also includes a pair of “new dances” in between the Sarabande and Gigue; Minuets in Suites nos. 1 and 2, Bourrées in nos. 3 and 4, and Gavottes in nos. 5 and 6. Although uniform in structure, emotionally the suites are remarkably diverse, and form a rich musical tapestry that defies easy description. Listening to this recording I was reminded of Rembrandt’s self-portraits, progressing from pride in his worldly success as a young painter, to the worn and haunted face towards the end of his life. The Bach Cello suites traverse an equivalent range of emotion in the composer’s life.

Luigi Piovano is a young Italian cellist who is a member of the Baroque group Concerto Italiano. He plays nos. 1-5 of the Suites on a Gofriller of around 1720. The 6th suite is played on a William Foster (or Forster) III 5 string instrument that has a more silvery, reedy quality to its top register. I am guessing he used gut strings from the warmth of his sound, which is evident from the first track. Although many features of this recording reflect historical performance practice, this is no “hair shirt” exercise. Piovano’s tone is extremely attractive, and full-blooded where appropriate. The beautiful sounds he achieves are not an end in themselves, however, but are always at the service of what is going on in the music.

Throughout the dynamics are extremely varied and beautifully managed. Piovano often begins a phrase quite softly, adding bow weight and intensity as it develops. Chords are usually eased into rather than thumped out. Rubato is used occasionally and tastefully, and ornamentation is rare. Speeds are brisk-ish but never sound rushed, and Piovano points the rhythms nicely. One instance that I noted in particular is the Gigue from the final Suite, where he mixes elegantly stepping rhythms with rustic-sounding double-stops to bring the cycle to a satisfying conclusion. His intonation is uniformly excellent.

Some might find Piovano’s tonal range a bit soft in the grain; he doesn’t play into the string as much as Bylsma, for example. However - and for me this is a big plus - his sound does not tire the ear. The recording sounds very natural: the venue is not named - other than being in Montepulciano - but one might guess a small church or chapel, as the acoustic is quite lively. The final two tracks on CD 2 are spoken word versions of the liner notes, in English and French respectively. Listeners who do not want to be startled by this breaking into their post-Sixth Suite reverie are advised to program their CD player accordingly.

Guy Aron

Masterwork Index: Bach's cello suites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.