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Richard Tunnicliffe - Bach Cello Suites - Birmingham Post


01 April 2012
Birmingham Post
Christopher Morley

Richard Tunnicliffe here brings us absorbing readings of Bach's six Suites for unaccompanied cello, setting these domestic, personal works within the wider context of Bach's wider output.

As Tunnicliffe points out in his thoughtful insert-notes, these often experimental movements frequently remind us of other compositions, whether choral or orchestral, and his playing somehow intensifies these links.  The sonorities of his two instruments (the sixth Suite is written for a five-string cello piccolo) display a whole range of colours to underline this common change, yet at the same time the close, atmospheric recording set down in St George's Church, Chesteron, Cambridge reminds us that no music could be more intimate than this - even to the extent of hearing the soloist's fingers negotiating the fingerboard.

Pitch is at the baroque A=415Hz, and the period-instrument strings have a wonderfully nasal, pungent carrying sound.  A lovely double-CD set, but I do wish the cover's evocative seascapes had been identified.


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