Complete BACH Cello Suites


At the time of recording this album there were already well over a hundred printed editions of the Bach Cello Suites. In addition there are almost as many recordings and one would be hard pressed to avoid the question: why another recording?
Peter Martens is one of South Africa’s finest all-round musicians: principal of several of the countries’ foremost orchestras, chamber musician of note, soloist and director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. His collaborations have included concerts with the Brodzky Quartet and Osiris Piano Trio, as well as festivals in Russia, Holland, Austria, Portugal, the UK and the USA.
His first CD on the TwoPianists label – the Complete Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano – won the coveted South African Music Award in 2011 and received rave reviews. This disc also begged the question: why another recording?
It would be foolish to claim any degree of authenticity or supremacy for any modern recording of these works even though both Peter Martens’ Bach and Beethoven recordings take academic scholarship and performance practice into serious account.
The answer is far simpler: for the music captures the imagination, heart and soul of the player, and because it is some of the greatest music ever written for the cello.


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Cello: Peter Martens
Cat. #: TP1039275
Double CD
Label: TwoPianists Records
Recorded at: Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University, South Africa - Sep 7 - 13, 2009

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