36 Songs, 2 Hours 22 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

J.S. Bach’s six Cello Suites have been interpreted by many different instrumentalists besides cellists. Kim Kashkashian’s performances on the viola are very convincing: She has played Bach’s work for a long time and digs deep into this endlessly fascinating and richly rewarding music here. The viola seems to unleash a solemnity in the pieces that eludes the cello, and the slightly brighter sound works well. The dance movements have a lovely spring to them, while the slower Sarabandes have a stately weight and power. The recorded sound is beautifully handled—warm and immediate with a pleasing halo around the soloist.

EDITORS’ NOTES

J.S. Bach’s six Cello Suites have been interpreted by many different instrumentalists besides cellists. Kim Kashkashian’s performances on the viola are very convincing: She has played Bach’s work for a long time and digs deep into this endlessly fascinating and richly rewarding music here. The viola seems to unleash a solemnity in the pieces that eludes the cello, and the slightly brighter sound works well. The dance movements have a lovely spring to them, while the slower Sarabandes have a stately weight and power. The recorded sound is beautifully handled—warm and immediate with a pleasing halo around the soloist.

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About Kim Kashkashian

Born in Detroit of Armenian descent, chamber musician and viola soloist Kim Kashkashian has been featured on over 30 albums, and her repertoire, which ranges from Bach to pieces by contemporary composers, constantly explores the versatility and emotional range of her instrument. She has done interpretations of many classical composers, including Britten, Penderecki, Hindemith, Shostakovich, Schumann, Brahms, and Bartók, among others, while recording for the DGG, Sony, and ECM labels. Kashkashian has formed an ongoing collaboration with pianist Robert Levin, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and harpsichordist Robert Hill, and her versions of Brahms sonatas, done with Levin, won the 1999 Edison Prize, while an album of various concertos by Bartók, Eötvös, and Kurtág won the Cannes prize for chamber music in 2000. Kashkaskian's relationship with ECM celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014.~ Steve Leggett

HOMETOWN
Detroit, MI
BORN
31 August 1952

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