Bach – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Following his success composing for more unconventional tuning with his fifth ‘cello suite, Bach moved on to writing for much stranger variations with his sixth, in D major. Even though the majority of performances given since are played on regular, four-string ‘cellos, it’s most likely Bach wrote for a slightly smaller five-string ‘cello, equipped with a top E string.… Read More Bach – Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a Just a month before the Nutcracker Suite was premiéred in St. Petersburg, Tchaikovsky hurriedly set about orchestrating and completing ideas from his roughly sketched-out Nutcracker ballet, and compiling them into a short symphonic work, ready for its premiere in March 1892. By this point, he had not even named the work, and in surviving… Read More Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite Op. 71a