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Bach Prelude Cello Suite No 2 D minor BWV 1008. Georg Mertens

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Uploaded on May 6, 2011

For a detailed History and Analysis of the Bach Cello Suites visit: http://www.georgcello.com/bachcellosu...

For the original CD (The Six Bach Cello Suites) and digital download options including iTunes / Amazon click http://www.georgcello.com/music.htm

For concerts (also private recitals) with Georg Mertens click: http://www.georgcello.com/cello.htm

The complete 6 Suites for cello solos can be viewed on this Youtube channel,
Suite 1 in G major BWV 1007, Suite 2 in D minor BWV 1008, Suite 3 in C major BWV 1009, Suite 4 in Eb major BWV 1010, Suite 5 in C minor BWV 1011 and Suite 6 in D major BWV 1012 with the following movements:
Preludes, Allemandes, Courantes, Sarabande, Bourrees, Menuets, Gavottes & Gigues.

To the VIBRATO: The composer / music theorist Geminiani wrote in 1752: 'vibrato ....when it is made on short notes, it only contributes to make their sound more agreeable and for this reason it should be made use of as often as possible'. This is very interesting since the popular Baroque fashion of today avoids vibrato. I think this fashion has been created by "new Roamantics". In the Romantic period vibrato was hardly used in Germany, Austria and England. The famous violinist Joachim, to whom Brahms dedicated his violin concerto, hardly used vibrato. Only Kreisler introduced it in the 1920s.

For Baroque and today's bow technique visit: "An analysis of bow technique" : http://www.georgcello.com/bow.htm .

In 1972 I performed this movement for the entrance test to my tertiary studies at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. It remained one of my all time favourites.

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