Esther Steenbergen | Suites for Violoncello Played On Fifth Bass Guitar

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Suites for Violoncello Played On Fifth Bass Guitar

by Esther Steenbergen

"Her playing is not indoctrinated by ‘the authentic concert practice’ nor influenced by guitarists pretending to know better based upon rigid laws. Her performance flows, ripples, winks, seduces, holds back and accelerates, always following the music and always as if it has never been different. Performing with authority, she brings her sometimes playful, sometimes extraordinarily beautiful perspective to these crown jewels of the cello repertoire." Luister Magazine
Genre: Classical: Bach
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1. Suite for Cello No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prelude
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2. Suite for Cello No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande
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3. Suite for Cello No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007: III. Courante
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4. Suite for Cello No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande
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5. Suite for Cello No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007: V. Menuet I & II
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6. Suite for Cello No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007: VI. Gigue
1:42 $0.99
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7. Suite for Cello No.2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: I. Prelude
3:56 $0.99
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8. Suite for Cello No.2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: II. Allemande
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9. Suite for Cello No.2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: III. Courante
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10. Suite for Cello No.2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande
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11. Suite for Cello No.2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: V. Menuet I&II
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12. Suite for Cello No.2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: VI. Gigue
3:14 $0.99
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13. Suite for Cello No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009: I. Prelude
3:25 $0.99
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14. Suite for Cello No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009: II. Allemande
3:42 $0.99
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15. Suite for Cello No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009: III. Courante
3:37 $0.99
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16. Suite for Cello No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande
4:13 $0.99
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17. Suite for Cello No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009: V. Bourree I&II
2:53 $0.99
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18. Suite for Cello No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009: VI. Gigue
3:48 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The guitar played on this CD sounds a perfect fifth lower than a standard classical guitar, so I suppose could be called a fifth bass guitar. Playing this instrument for the first time the cello suites immediately came to my mind as the perfect repertoire for this instrument. Although most guitarists follow the practice of adding notes to the original, I have found the pieces absolutely perfect as they are.
The instrument was made by my husband, the guitar builder Otto Vowinkel.

Tuning
A classical guitar is usually tuned E A d g b e’
This fifth bass guitar is tuned A D G c e a
The tuning of a modern cello is C G d a

Transcription
For the transcription I used the violin version of Bach, The Fencing Master, by Anner Bijlsma, based on Anna Magdalena Bach’s manuscript in the Reinhardt edition, as well as Bach Sechs Suiten für Violoncello solo, Urtext, Edition Peters, nr 9054.



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