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Petr Skalka – 6 Suites a Violoncello solo senza Basso (2024) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Petr Skalka – 6 Suites a Violoncello solo senza Basso (2024)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:32:43 minutes | 2,73 GB | Genre: Classical
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With these words begins the first written cello method, authored by Michel Corrette and published in Paris around 1741: the cello, a bass instrument, is considered a “noble pillar of harmony”. At that time, music history was roughly in the middle of the basso continuo era, which began during Monteverdi’s lifetime with the “Seconda Pratica” and ended during Robert Schumann’s lifespan. A lot revolved around the melody of the bass line, its realisation and rendering. In Corelli’s orchestra, a large bass section comprising many instruments of different sizes, with several cellos, double basses, lutes and harpsichords, was placed just behind the concertino. Behind them were the intermediate voices, first and second violas. Only behind the latter were those who carried the melody of the upper voices, namely the violinists. Such a setting has nothing to do with today’s musical practice and sound expectations. The vast bass section determined the tempo, the character and the dynamics. Those providing the melody had to adapt; any resistance would have been pointless.

With this in mind, the title page of J. S. Bach’s Cello Suites may seem revolutionary at first glance: “6 Suites a Violoncello solo senza basso”. A musical work dedicated to an important instrument, the pillar of harmony, but “senza basso”, without bass! And this in an age in which there could be no music without bass, given the compositional method and practice of the basso continuo! In reality, the bass is clearly present in these solo suites. The designation “senza basso” is intended to warn the performer that there is no point in leafing through the pages of the score in search of the bass line. The bass is, in fact, already present in the monophonic solo part…

Tracklist:
1-01. Petr Skalka – Initio: Improvisation (00:57)
1-02. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: I. Prelude (02:26)
1-03. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: II. Allemande (05:02)
1-04. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: III. Courante (03:18)
1-05. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande (03:19)
1-06. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: V. Menuet I-II (04:03)
1-07. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007: VI. Gigue (01:38)
1-08. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008: I. Prelude (04:09)
1-09. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008: II. Allemande (04:48)
1-10. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008: III. Courante (02:02)
1-11. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande (04:16)
1-12. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008: V. Menuet I-II (04:02)
1-13. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008: VI. Gigue (02:53)
1-14. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009: I. Prelude (03:43)
1-15. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009: II. Allemande (04:22)
1-16. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009: III. Courante (04:13)
1-17. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande (04:03)
1-18. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009: V. Bourrée I-II (03:47)
1-19. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009: VI. Gigue (03:14)
1-20. Petr Skalka – Passacaglia for solo cello in C Minor “The Guardian Angel”, after the original for violin from the Rosary Sonatas, arr. by Petr Skalka (09:52)
2-01. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major BWV 1010: I. Prelude (03:50)
2-02. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major BWV 1010: II. Allemande (04:51)
2-03. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major BWV 1010: III. Courante (03:47)
2-04. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major BWV 1010: IV. Sarabande (04:01)
2-05. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major BWV 1010: V. Bourrée I-II (04:48)
2-06. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major BWV 1010: VI. Gigue (02:40)
2-07. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011: I. Prelude (04:58)
2-08. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011: II. Allemande (05:31)
2-09. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011: III. Courante (02:18)
2-10. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande (03:26)
2-11. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011: V. Gavotte I-II (05:29)
2-12. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011: VI. Gigue (01:58)
2-13. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012: I. Prelude (04:14)
2-14. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012: II. Allemande (07:20)
2-15. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012: III. Courante (04:01)
2-16. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012: IV. Sarabande (04:15)
2-17. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012: V. Gavotte I-II (04:47)
2-18. Petr Skalka – Suite No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012: VI. Gigue (04:22)

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