EDITIONS OF THE BACH CELLO SUITES


Best editions suggested by cellists

Results from a survey (2017)

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BEST EDITION OF THE CELLO SUITES? 

 SURVEY answers: TOP 7 

BARENREITER

BA320 - By August Wenziger, 1950

BARENREITER

Scholar Edition BA 5217
by Douglas Woodfull-Harris and Bettina Schwemer

PETERS

by Paul Rubardt

HENLE

Editor: Egon Voss
Fing. vc: Reiner Ginzel

BREITKOPF

by Kirsten Beißwenger

Wiener - Schott

by Leisinger

SALABERT

Alexanian

MORE RESULTS AND SUGGESTIONS FROM THE SURVEY (2017).

AUGENER

by George Pratt

BILLAUDOT

by Tournus

CONTINENTAL

By Casals

DOVER

FISHER

by Malkin

HAVEY

by Cassia Havey

IMC

By E. Kurtz

LASTRAPES

by Jeffrey Lastrapes

LATHAM

by D. Starkweather

LEDUC

by Klaus Heitz

PEER MUSIC

by J. Starker

PETERS

by Becker

PRESSER

By D. Markevitch

SCHIRMER

by Fritz Gaillard

SCHOTT

by Gendron

STAINER & BELL

by Paul Tortelier

WERNER ICKING

Werner Icking

WINOLD

By Allen Winold
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Bach Cello Suites: Editions

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Articles about the existing editions of the Suites

"All these new editions are interesting to examine but, even if each has their own qualities, too few are the product of professional cellists with a good historical and musicological background."

"When it comes to "Urtext" editions, we are faced with an "ideology" that is now slowly being abandoned. When, some fifty years ago, the first Urtexts appeared, they were greeted with relief, as the editions then -- a heritage from the 19th century -- were full of markings and additions put in by different editors. So, it was great to work on clean copies, free of all the "corrections," giving us texts closer to the original."

"Urtext" means: "like the original," but this is utopian, since it is still the result of interpretations by editors. An ideal edition cannot be achieved; only an honest one can be the goal. There are just as many Urtexts as there are editors.

from The Recent Editions of the Bach Cello Suites by Dimitry Markevitch
 


"But we must recognize that no edition, if studied, survives unmarked by the player. The instant we put a mark on the music, we have started the process of creating our own edition. In order to stay as close to Bach as possible, it then makes sense to start with an edition which is as close to the original as possible. If we don't, we will be interpreting an interpretation, which may have already been an interpretation of another interpretation, or previous edition, and so on. Though there are "only" 80 or so published editions, there really is one edition per cellist."

A Survey of Bach Suite Editions by Tim Janof

About Barenreiter Scholar Edition:
REFLECTIONS ON THE NEW BARENREITER BACH  by Sarah Freiberg 

About trills:
TRILLS IN THE BACH CELLO SUITES : A HANDBOOK FOR PERFORMERS By Jerome Carrington