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20 June 2024
J.S. Bach: The Cello Suites, Volume 2 - Suites 3, 4 & 6

Lynden Cranham (baroque cello)

Lynden Cranham's very earliest memories of Bach were overwhelming, sitting in the huge, resonant space of Westminster Cathedral listening to an organ recital. She subsequently became fascinated (as a listener and player) by the Bach Cello Suites. It was especially poignant for her, as part of the orchestra during John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, not only to play near the font where Bach had been baptized, in the Georgenkirche in Eisenach, but also to play in Köthen, where he probably composed the Cello Suites. The idea of recording the Suites had been at the back of her mind for most of her career, and when playing part of one of them in a chamber music concert a few years ago she realized that she’d found an ideal venue for doing such a recording: the beautiful small church of St Peter and St Mary in Fishbourne, West Sussex, complete with its warm, intimate acoustic. The arrival of COVID-19 meant that this normally busy church was much more available than usual. As one concert after another had to be cancelled it gradually became clear to the recording engineer, the producer and the artist that, dire as this situation was, it provided the perfect opportunity to begin recording the Suites. So, braving the cold (and maintaining strict social-distancing) Suites I and II were recorded at the church in December 2020; soon after that, in April 2021, Suite V was recorded. As the world gradually opened up again, and “normal” life returned, it became more complicated to find opportunities to continue with the recordings. However, Suites III and IV were recorded in January 2022, and Suite VI completed volume 2 in March 2023. This sixth Suite involved playing a five-string cello especially made for the artist by the wonderful instrument maker Shem Mackay.

£11.16
WHR088CD

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009

I. Prélude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Bourrées I & II

VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010

I. Prélude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Bourrées I & II

VI. Gigue

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

I. Prélude

II. Allemande

III. Courante

IV. Sarabande

V. Gavottes I & II

VI. Gigue

Recorded in the Church of St Peter & St Mary, Fishbourne, West Sussex, UK on 18th-20th January 2022 (Suites Nos. 3 & 4) & 13th-14th March 2023  (Suite No. 6)
Front Cover Photograph: Lucy Davis
Booklet design: Willowhayne Records
Recording Engineering & Editing: Mark Hartt-Palmer
Recording Production: Emma Parker
Total Time: 81:19
Release Date: July 2023

Lynden Cranham (baroque cello)Lynden Cranham studied with Jennifer Ward Clarke at the Junior Royal College of Music, with Douglas Cameron at the Royal Academy of Music, and subsequently with Maurice Eisenberg in New York and Christopher Bunting in London. A keen chamber musician, Lynden toured England and Germany with the Burnell Piano Trio, and America and New Zealand with the Accordo Perfetto Piano Quartet. Her love of baroque music, and especially of playing continuo, led her to the baroque cello and soon she began to play for the Academy of Ancient Music. Lynden lived for a time in the US where she played concertos and gave recitals, and taught cello at Cornell University, but she also focused on playing in ensembles and giving recitals on baroque cello. Since leaving America she has recorded and toured widely with such groups as the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Lynden also has a long-standing interest in nineteenth-century literature, and has a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, focusing on aspects of music in nineteenth-century London.

WHR088     View Booklet     UPC: 5060742690421

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