Martin Rummel

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Bach | Cello Suite no. 6, BWV 1012, Prelude

The sixth suite was originally written for a cello with five strings – it is really a transcription if it is played on a four-stringed instrument. This creates a totally different energy, which gives the piece its beauty, but also makes it a true challenge. Its exuberance must always be conveyed. The sixth suite has both emotional climaxes and very dark moments – it encompasses everything. It is a true highlight – also in a compositional way. It feels as if Bach was really pushing the limits right at the end of the cycle. Having played all six suites in one evening, you feel something very special at the end of No. 6 – like standing on Mount Everest, looking down. The audience is also usually very quiet afterwards.
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