Bach: The Six Cello Suites

Bach: The Six Cello Suites


Carolyn Sampson soprano
The King’s Consort
Robert King

“Enthusiastically recommended to Sampson’s many admirers and Handel lovers alike”

“This entrancing disc – Robert King’s consort is a British treasure”
(Otago Daily Times)



Renowned Dutch cellist Viola de Hoog presents an outstanding new recording of the greatest of all solo cello masterworks, Johann Sebastian Bach’s extraordinary Six Suites for Solo Cello. Unique in the solo repertoire, Bach’s six suites represent the musical summit for all cellists.

For three decades, period instrument cellist Viola de Hoog has straddled at the highest international level the worlds of both period instrument performance – playing as soloist, principal cellist and guest principal with many of the world’s greatest historic instrument orchestras including Concerto Köln, Netherlands Bach Society, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Tafelmusik Toronto, Anima Aeterna and currently The King’s Consort – and also the ‘modern’ world, playing cello for twenty years in the world-famous Schönberg Quartet. 

For this recording, Viola de Hoog plays a remarkable baroque cello from 1750 by the great Italian maker, Giovanni Battista Guadagnini – an instrument perfect for Bach’s music. For the sixth suite, which demands a five-string cello, she plays an equally rare Bohemian instrument dating from the late 18th century, whose unusually large size results in a rich sonority rarely heard in this unusual variant of the cello family.

Recorded by distinguished engineer Adriaan Verstijnen in the perfect acoustic of the Oude Dorpskerk, Bunnik – a historic Dutch church near Utrecht dating back to the twelfth century which has hosted many fine period instrument recordings – this recording is deeply musical yet historically faithful, thoughtful yet inspired. Extensive presentation includes 48 page booklet with authoritative liner note in four languages (English, Dutch, French & German) by renowned Bach expert Prof. Greta Haenen, together with session photographs, and reproductions from Anna Magdalena Bach’s manuscript.



Track Composer Title Duration Play
CD 1
1-6 Bach Suite 1 in G, BWV 1007 17’53  
7-12 Bach Suite 4 in E flat, BWV 1010 23’05  
13-18 Bach Suite 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 23’25  
CD 2
1-6 Bach Suite 3 in C, BWV 1009 20’47  
7-12 Bach Suite 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 20’25  
13-18 Bach Suite 6 in D, BWV 1012 28’33  
    Total 134’08  
Download CD booklet (PDF)

“A formidable player … fine sound … elegance and finesse … entirely convincing”

“de Hoog is outstanding … first class recording … among the very best versions ***** ”
(BBC Music Magazine)

“must surely place cellist Viola de Hoog amongst the great performers of Bach’s Cello Suites”
(The Classical Reviewer)

“thoughtful, imaginative, powerful”
(Music and Vision)

“tempos are invariably well chosen”
(International Record Review)

Bach: The Six Cello Suites

Viola de Hoog cello

cello by G B Guadagnini, 1750 (suites 1-5)
five-string cello, Bohemia, c.1780 (suite 6)

compact disc 1

Suite 1 in G, BWV 1007
Suite 4 in E flat, BWV 1010
Suite 5 in C minor, BWV 1011

compact disc 2

Suite 3 in C, BWV 1009
Suite 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite 6 in D, BWV 1012