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Bion Tsang

Bach - Cello Suites

Sony - Korea

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1 Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 / Prelude  
2 Allemande  
3 Courante  
4 Sarabande  
5 Menuett 1 and 2  
6 Gigue  
7 Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 / Prelude  
8 Allemande  
9 Courante  
10 Sarabande  
11 Bourree 1 and 2  
12 Gigue  
13 Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 / Prelude  
14 Allemande  
15 Courante  
16 Sarabande  
17 Gavotte 1 and 2  
18 Gigue  
19 Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 / Prelude  
20 Allemande  
21 Courante  
22 Sarabande  
23 Menuett 1 and 2  
24 Gigue  
25 Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 / Prelude  
26 Allemande  
27 Courante  
28 Sarabande  
29 Bourree 1 and 2  
30 Gigue  
31 Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 / Prelude  
32 Allemande  
33 Courante  
34 Sarabande  
35 Gavotte 1 and 2  
36 Gigue  
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A new recording BION TSANG: BACH CELLO SUITES from Sony Classical combines the artistry of the remarkable cellist Bion Tsang with the exquisite sonority of a rarely heard Stradivari cello. Tsang's Bach Suites follow the success of his Dvorak/Enescu Cello Concertos with Scott Yoo and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (2019), also from Sony Classical. Tsang recorded the Six Suites for Violoncello Solo by Johann Sebastian Bach in Bastyr Chapel, Seattle, on the 1713 "Bass of Spain" Antonio Stradivari cello.

"I am so very grateful to David Fulton for lending me his priceless cello to record the Bach Suites," Tsang says. "As every cellist knows, this set of Suites represents the pinnacle of our solo literature, and the Bass of Spain allowed me total freedom to express the widest possible range of emotions in these monumental works. It's incredible to think that Strad made this instrument in the same decade that Bach crafted these masterpieces."

The complete set of Six Suites for Violoncello Solo, composed by Bach between 1717 and 1723, weren't heard in public until the legendary Pablo Casals performed and recorded them two centuries later. The Cello Suites have since become an indispensable part of the cello literature, adapted for numerous other instruments and widely considered to be amongst the greatest and most influential works of Bach's considerable musical output.

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