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Reimagining Bach

by Laura Usiskin

Solo cello music spanning hundreds of years and inspired by the great Johann Sebastian Bach
Genre: Classical: Bach
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: I. Prélude
3:33 $0.99
2. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: II. Allemande
3:47 album only
3. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: III. Courante
3:22 album only
4. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande
4:39 album only
5. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: V. Bourrée I - Bourrée II
3:37 album only
6. Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: VI. Gigue
3:23 album only
7. But Not Until It Is Finished with You: I. Declamatory
4:00 $0.99
8. But Not Until It Is Finished with You: II. Inward with Rubato
3:42 album only
9. But Not Until It Is Finished with You: III. Lithe
2:19 album only
10. Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude
2:47 $0.99
11. Cello Suite: I. Noble
2:33 $0.99
12. Cello Suite: II. Double Edge
2:20 album only
13. Cello Suite: III. Sweet Song
3:13 album only
14. Cello Suite: IV. Epic
4:38 album only
15. Cello Suite: V. The Curb
1:52 album only
16. Cello Suite: VI. Sixths
3:23 album only
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Album Notes
One of the first recordings I ever owned was “Bach’s Greatest Hits” - on cassette - and I listened to it over and over again as a child. Since then, my affinity for Bach has manifested itself in many ways: learning and performing the complete solo suites, giving lectures and teaching courses on Bach; and even walking down the alley to his music. To me, Bach’s music has a universal quality that transcends time period and genre. It is both archaic and modern, romantic and cerebral, structured and improvisatory. He combines technical mastery with sincerity and humility to create music that speaks to the human inside each of us and to his God above.

Over the years I have also been drawn to contemporary music. In New York I performed many new music gigs, often dragging my too-heavy cello case to the far reaches of the outer boroughs in order to play freshly composed compositions for small - yet enthusiastic - crowds. Since those days I have commissioned multiple composers to write pieces for me and have participated in some fantastic new music ensembles. The colorful, unexpected world of new music never ceases to captivate me, and I delight in working with composers to make their imaginations come alive.

When choosing what to include on this album, I knew I wanted to highlight my dual loves for Bach and new music. I chose a Bach suite, then I commissioned composers to write pieces somehow inspired by the suite. Patrick Greene and Peter Susser joined the project as my honored composers, and here is the result: Reimagining Bach. - Laura Usiskin



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