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Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Bach: Complete Solo Cello Suites (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Bach: Complete Solo Cello Suites (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:26:16 minutes | 2,68 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Steinway and Sons

On February 2, 2024 the Steinway & Sons label is pleased to release Ailbhe’s McDonagh’s recording of Bach’s Complete Solo Cello Suites (STNS 30232). As Ailbhe writes in her program notes, “Bach’s Cello Suites are some of the most beautiful, challenging, and complex works composed for the instrument. Bach’s ability to create counterpoint on a solo instrument is astounding. He really makes the cello sound like an orchestra rather than just one instrument. Composers the world over (myself included) have been inspired by him to compose solo suites for the cello. The variety of characters, moods, rhythmic interest and phrase structure heard in these suites keep the performer engaged and eager to perform these works over and over again.

From my earliest days as a cellist, I had always hoped to make a recording of the Bach Cello Suites. To date, there are no recordings of these pieces by an Irish cellist, and I think that it is important to have a record of how an Irish cellist would perform these iconic works. This recording, for me, needed to have the raw, true sound of how I perform the Bach Cello Suites in concert. You can hear it here on a modern instrument (Postacchini cello) with a modern bow (Noel Burke) in the modern tuning that is standard in the Republic of Ireland (442).

In this recording, my aim was to have a very distinct musical character for each movement. It was important that each dance movement should feel different from the previous one to ensure that the vibrancy of Bach’s music was always alive. I enjoyed having an almost ‘Irish Jig’ feel (from Irish traditional music) in all of the Gigue movements.”

Tracklist:
1-1. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude (02:28)
1-2. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande (04:25)
1-3. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: III. Courante (03:14)
1-4. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande (03:17)
1-5. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: V. Menuett I – Menuett II (03:28)
1-6. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: VI. Gigue (01:50)
1-7. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: I. Prélude (03:33)
1-8. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: II. Allemande (03:42)
1-9. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: III. Courante (02:31)
1-10. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande (05:19)
1-11. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: V. Menuett – I Menuett II (03:03)
1-12. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: VI. Gigue (02:42)
1-13. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: I. Prélude (03:36)
1-14. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: II. Allemande (03:49)
1-15. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: III. Courante (03:32)
1-16. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande (04:13)
1-17. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: V. Bourrée I – Bourrée II (03:47)
1-18. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: VI. Gigue (03:25)
1-19. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: I. Prélude (03:52)
1-20. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: II. Allemande (04:16)
1-21. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: III. Courante (03:48)
1-22. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: IV. Sarabande (04:52)
1-23. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: V. Bourrée I – Bourrée II (05:38)
1-24. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: VI. Gigue (03:05)
1-25. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: I. Prélude (06:21)
1-26. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: II. Allemande (06:32)
1-27. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: III. Courante (02:45)
1-28. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande (04:54)
1-29. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: V. Gavotte I – Gavotte II (04:47)
1-30. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: VI. Gigue (02:18)
1-31. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: I. Prélude (04:42)
1-32. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: II. Allemande (08:11)
1-33. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: III. Courante (04:12)
1-34. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: IV. Sarabande (05:18)
1-35. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: V. Gavotte I – Gavotte II (04:21)
1-36. Ailbhe Mcdonagh – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: VI. Gigue (04:14)

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