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BACH, JOHANN SEBASTIAN (1685–1750)

Cello Suites for Solo Piano


  • Eleonor Bindman, piano

J.S. Bach’s genius is universally revered by music lovers, and a significant part of his output was in transcriptions of his own work, a tradition kept alive in Eleonor Bindman’s piano versions of the Six Suites for Solo Cello. Bindman has avoided embellishing these iconic pieces, preserving the intriguing ambiguities in Bach’s implied harmonies and savouring their expressive qualities through the baritone register of a marvellous Bösendorfer piano. These admirably accurate transcriptions reveal the mysterious mathematical grace and flexibility of structure that makes Bach’s art so organic and eternal.

Tracklist

Disc 1
 
Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (arr. E. Bindman for piano) (1720) (00:19:00 )
1
I. Prelude (00:02:18)
2
II. Allemande (00:04:59)
3
III. Courante (00:02:28)
4
IV. Sarabande (00:03:28)
5
V. Menuets I-II (00:03:33)
6
VI. Gigue (00:01:55)
 
Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 (arr. E. Bindman for piano) (1720) (00:20:00 )
7
I. Prelude (00:05:09)
8
II. Allemande (00:02:51)
9
III. Courante (00:02:06)
10
IV. Sarabande (00:04:36)
11
V. Menuets I-II (00:02:51)
12
VI. Gigue (00:02:02)
 
Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 (arr. E. Bindman for piano) (1720) (00:20:00 )
13
I. Prelude (00:02:48)
14
II. Allemande (00:03:27)
15
III. Courante (00:03:08)
16
IV. Sarabande (00:03:37)
17
V. Bourrées I-II (00:03:52)
18
VI. Gigue (00:03:12)
Disc 2
 
Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (arr. E. Bindman for piano) (1720) (00:22:00 )
1
I. Prelude (00:03:56)
2
II. Allemande (00:03:16)
3
III. Courante (00:03:26)
4
IV. Sarabande (00:04:28)
5
V. Bourrées I-II (00:04:12)
6
VI. Gigue (00:02:09)
 
Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 (arr. E. Bindman for piano) (1720) (00:22:00 )
7
I. Prelude (00:05:08)
8
II. Allemande (00:04:59)
9
III. Courante (00:01:58)
10
IV. Sarabande (00:03:20)
11
V. Gavottes I-II (00:04:07)
12
VI. Gigue (00:02:05)
 
Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (arr. E. Bindman for piano) (1720) (00:26:00 )
13
I. Prelude (00:03:17)
14
II. Allemande (00:07:29)
15
III. Courante (00:03:37)
16
IV. Sarabande (00:04:35)
17
V. Gavottes I-II (00:02:59)
18
VI. Gigue (00:03:32)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 02:06:53

The Artist(s)

 Eleonor Bindman Among Eleonor Bindman’s many piano arrangements and compositions are Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain and a set of original piano works for children, An American Calendar, published by Carl Fischer, Inc. In the past few years, she has been focusing on the music of J.S. Bach, arranging many instrumental and choral excerpts into Stepping Stones to Bach, a multi-volume set for easy/intermediate solo piano. Her Brandenburg Duets, a new arrangement of the six Brandenburg Concertos for piano four-hands, were a best-selling Grand Piano Records release in 2018 and the Orchestral Suites, also for piano four-hands, are forthcoming.

The Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach belonged to a dynasty of musicians. In following inevitable family tradition, he excelled his forebears and contemporaries, although he did not always receive in his own lifetime the respect he deserved. Despite widespread neglect for almost a century after his death, Bach is now regarded as one of the greatest of all composers. Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis numbers, abbreviated to BWV, are generally accepted for convenience of reference.