the BACH JOURNEy
Short stay in Munich,
I see this wall.
Let's start a Bach project and journey in his land....
7 weeks later: Berlin
between 2014 and now
- Found the baroque cello of the project
- & the matching baroque bow
- Played on an authentic strings set up
- Found a set up sound post/bridge etc.
- Analysed the manuscripts
- Made research in the public libraries
- Wrote a short version of my publication
- Shared my research with Ton Koopman
- Prepared the recording
- Experimented accoustics
- Made a Crowdfunding
- Recorded the Suites
- Wrote the full publication
- Shared my work to YoYo MA (got his support)
- Made the digital version of my edition
- Presenting my work to Labels and publishers
- Signed with URANIA RECORDS
- Created jsbachcellosuites.com to share this project, and publish my research.
- future... publishing the edition!
September - October 2014 :
Finding the cello, the bow and the set of strings.
Trying baroque and classical period bows
Meeting bow makers and luthiers in Berlin
one month later, I find a very important clue in the suites.
The sleepless nights and obsession after that...
Search of the most authentic baroque set up
Understanding how to write notes and slurs with this material....
Observing and comparing the 4 Sources
Thomaskirche, Leipzig !
Between December and May:
Search of the right set up on the cello
preparing a new edition of the suites
Once we had found the right set up, it was time prepare the recording...
Meeting with Maestro Ton Koopman!
It was the first time I shared my work with someone and receiving his encouragement and support meant a lot to me.
During this meeting we worked on phrasing and about avoiding any technical rubato.
Summer 2015 - January 2016
-Making a crowdfunding-
-Search of the 5 strings cello for Suite 6-
January - March 2016 : Recording
Preparing the publication
RECORDING THE 6 CELLO SUITES
FROM JANUARY TIL JUNE 2017:
MAKING the digital version of my EDITION OF THE SUITES
PREPARING THE RELEASE - PRESENTING MY WORK TO LABEL, PUBLISHERS, MAGAZINES ETC...
INTERESTED? CONTACT ME...
JANUARY 16TH 2018...
Contract with URANIA RECORDS signed!
SHARING THE RESEARCH IN THIS WEBSITE
AND MORE TO COME.......
Arrived in Berlin
Started the search of the bow for the Suites
Everywhere I went I found help and kindness.
What if a dow stroke was an up bow in cello playing?
I decide to start the project of recording the Suites
Set of strings made by Pure Cordes, Potsdam
Understanding how write slurs...
Mr. Reiners was of a precious help. I asked him for a model of bow that was used in Germany when Bach composed the Suites. A clip in frog bow.
Kept exploring the set-up possibilities in Leipzig
With Daniel König, the maker of the cello
Meeting with Ton Koopman
A very helpful meeting where we talked about phrasing with Maestro Koopman, I also explained my technique to him and received his encouragements
RECORDED THE 6 SUITES
5 days at the B#Sharp Studio in Berlin
Meeting with Yo-Yo Ma
A Very nice meeting with Yo-Yo Ma, where he gave me his support
Received Ton Koopman's comments on the Recording
"I listened to the 6 Bach suites with pleasure. Very well done, I liked very much the resonance, intonation and the way of playing. Very convincing. A very good work and great success technically."
The New Edition
Put in the computer my Urtext edition of the Suites (the one of the recording)