Bach: The Cello Suites

First prizewinner of the prestigious Parkening International Guitar Competition, Petrit Çeku is regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of his generation and his exquisite sensibility and expressiveness have attracted and engaged audiences worldwide. Bach cello suites have become a monument and are often revisited by cellists and guitarist, but in this recording, Çeku gives an amazing rendition of these works in the extraordinary arrangement of cellist Valter Despalj. Recorded in the 13th Century Spanish church of San Francisco, in Ávila, Spain, Petrit Çeku’s vision of Bach’s suites is very personal, seductive, nuanced yet passionate: a wonderful revelation.

About the artist
Petrit Çeku’s exquisite sensibility and expressiveness have attracted and engaged audiences worldwide. He has performed many recitals throughout Europe and North America and was a soloist with major symphonic orchestras such as Baltimore Symphony, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, State Hermitage Orchestra of St. Petersburg and Zagreb Philharmonic. He also appears regularly...
01Suite BWV 1007: I. Prélude2:37
02Suite BWV 1007: II. Allemande4:46
03Suite BWV 1007: III. Courante 2:41
04Suite BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande 2:54
05Suite BWV 1007: V. Menuet I/II 3:14
06Suite BWV 1007: VI. Gigue1:46
07Suite BWV 1008: I. Prélude3:32
08Suite BWV 1008: II. Allemande3:28
09Suite BWV 1008: III. Courante 2:07
10Suite BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande 4:02
11Suite BWV 1008: V. Menuet I/II 2:51
12Suite BWV 1008: VI. Gigue2:32
13Suite BWV 1009: I. Prélude3:58
14Suite BWV 1009: II. Allemande4:04
15Suite BWV 1009: III. Courante 3:17
16Suite BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande 3:58
17Suite BWV 1009: V. Bourrée I/II 3:47
18Suite BWV 1009: VI. Gigue3:13
01Suite BWV 1010: I. Prélude3:55
02Suite BWV 1010: II. Allemande4:30
03Suite BWV 1010: III. Courante 3:27
04Suite BWV 1010: IV. Sarabande 4:13
05Suite BWV 1010: V. Bourrée I/II 4:53
06Suite BWV 1010: VI. Gigue2:52
07Suite BWV 1011: I. Prélude5:27
08Suite BWV 1011: II. Allemande5:19
09Suite BWV 1011: III. Courante 2:14
10Suite BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande 3:00
11Suite BWV 1011: V. Gavotte I/II 4:28
12Suite BWV 1011: VI. Gigue2:15
13Suite BWV 1012: I. Prélude4:52
14Suite BWV 1012: II. Allemande6:57
15Suite BWV 1012: III. Courante 3:56
16Suite BWV 1012: IV. Sarabande 4:08
17Suite BWV 1012: V. Gavotte I/II 4:00
18Suite BWV 1012: VI. Gigue3:56
FormatSACD & download versions
Catalogue numberEUD-SACD-1602 (SACD version)
EUD-DR-1602 (Download versions)
Barcode8436551170176 (SACD version)
8436551170183 (Download versions)
Year2016
Recording dateNovember 30 - December 2, 2014 & March 23-25, 2015
LocationAuditorio san Francisco, Ávila, Spain
Original formatDSD256 (11.2MHz)
EquipmentSonodore and Schoeps microphones; Merging Horus microphone preamplifier and AD/DA converter; Pyramix Workstation; Sennheiser headphones; Rens Heijnis custom made headphone amplifier; Neumann and Amphion speakers.