Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello" by J. S. Bach.

OK, more Baroque: A 13 year-old Pablo Casals (Pau Casals i Defillo) was rummaging through a thrift shop in Barcelona in 1889 when he "discovered" a copy of the Grutzmacher edition of the 6 J. S. Bach Cello Suites. Written in Cothen (where he was choirmaster) between 1717 and 1723, they were virtually forgotten until Casals recorded all 6 at age 48 between 1924 and 1925. His re-recordings between '36 and '39 are perhaps his best-known and most cherished works. The Prelude of one of the Suites with its familiar arpeggiated chords has become very popular in TV and film, having been featured in an American Express TV ad and in "The Killing Box", "Lost And Found", "Master And Commander", "Hilary And Jackie", "You Can Count On Me" and recently on HBO's "You Don't Know Jack". Suite?

Yesterday's answer: "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)" by MFSB. I used to live a few blocks away from the studio in Philly - interesting characters coming in and out! Sigma Sound Studio - 212 N. 12th St. in Philly.

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