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Bach & Cage: Choräle - Julius Berger

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Julius Berger writes of his new release: "Johann Sebastian Bach’s suites for cello solo are arguably the purest form of music, works that require no explanation or background knowledge. Johann Sebastian Bach made one of his most profound affirmations, a Gradus ad Parnassum, which in six stages sets out an intellectual and technical challenge that is and will probably remain peerless in the history of music for our instrument. My colleague and friend, Prof. Peter Langgartner from the Mozarteum University of Salzburg pointed out to me that the Prelude of the first suite contains Luther’s chorale “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her” (from Heaven above, from thence I come). I had always presumed so and was grateful for confirmation that the cello suites make allusions to chorales and religious messages. I have therefore found a musical way of opening a spiritual door to the suites and added chorales to Suites 1, 3, and 5 in the mould of sounds from John Cage’s work One 8, chorales that in my opinion are definitely consistent with messages conveyed in the suites. I find that John Cage’s music shares similarities with Bach’s. His music allows for inner reflection, providing a contemplative point of calm. Cage said the purpose of music is “to cleanse the soul and bring it peace, thus making it amenable to divine influences”. My son Immanuel intones the chorales to this special music; each chorale is followed by two Bach suites."

 

ohn Cage: One8

One8: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (Excerpt)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prelude

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: II. Allemande

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: III. Courante

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: V. Menuets I & II

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008

Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: I. Prelude

Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: II. Allemande

Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: III. Courante

Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande

Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: V. Menuets I & II

Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: VI. Gigue

John Cage: One8

One8: Gelobt sei Gott im höchsten Thron (Excerpt)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009

Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: I. Prelude

Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: II. Allemande

Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: III. Courante

Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande

Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: V. Bourrees I & II

Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: I. Prelude

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: II. Allemande

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: III. Courante

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: IV. Sarabande

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: V. Bourrees I & II

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010: VI. Gigue

John Cage: One8

One8: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden (Excerpt)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011

Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: I. Prelude

Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: II. Allemande

Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: III. Courante

Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande

Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: V. Gavottes I & II

Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: I. Prelude

Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: II. Allemande

Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: III. Courante

Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: IV. Sarabande

Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: V. Gavottes I & II

Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: VI. Gigue