Suites BWV 1007 - 1012 (2018)

Bach

Raaf Hekkema

The path to this recording was long, windy and fascinating. It started with the awareness that the cello suites provide exceptional playing material for saxophonists. But I long felt that for playing Bach on the saxophone, only the light-sounding soprano saxophone would do—which was, I believed, incompatible with the instrument for which the suites were written.

During preparations for my previous DSD recording of Bach’s partitas for violin (Challenge Classics, CC 72648), I discovered that the alto sax—fitted with an old-style mouthpiece—could reproduce the refined articulation of the violin. Vintage mouthpieces represent the sound ideal of days gone by, before the saxophone was regarded as a ‘jazz instrument’. Then came the idea to play the suites on six different saxophones, each of which holds a unique place in the history of the instrument. 

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Raaf Hekkema

Multiple prize-winner Raaf Hekkema has an adventurous spirit: whether he plays Paganini’s violin concerto with orchestra, explores microtones on the saxophone, unravels the inhumanly complex mathematical musical puzzles that Conlon Nancarrow wrote for the pianola – Hekkema doesn’t bat an eye. Performing mainly his own arrangements, he gives approximately 100 concerts a year the world over. Hekkema has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras and has given many international masterclasses. The solo album ‘Paganini Caprices for Saxophone’ (MDG, 2006) earned him the German  Klassik ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ title. His compositions and arrangements are published by Schottt Music.

Foto - Marco Borgreve

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Suites BWV 1007 - 1012 (2018)

Bach

Raaf Hekkema

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Yes, fans this is another musical highlight. An album of saxophone performances of the 6 Cello Suites of Bach, played by our patriotic Raaf Hekkema. Very nicely recorded by Bert van der Wolf. The 6 different saxophones on this album, each with their own character, are masterfully played by Raaf Hekkema. What (micro) dynamics, what phrasing! I have listened to the DSD download of this album from NativeDSD in detail this afternoon. It's yoga for the ears. Exciting, swinging and compelling.

Bert Oling

Suites BWV 1007 - 1012 (2018)

Bach

Raaf Hekkema

Cables: Siltech Mon-Crystal Cabling
Digital Converters: dCS & Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Oud Katholieke kerk Delft, The Netherlands on October 11-15, 2017

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CC72769: Suites BWV 1007 - 1012
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Prelude
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Allemande
Bach
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Courante
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Sarabande
Bach
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Menuett I & II
Bach
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Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Gigue
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Prelude
Bach
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Allemande
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Courante
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Menuett I & II
Bach
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Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008 - Gigue
Bach
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Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Prelude
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Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Allemande
Bach
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Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Courante
Bach
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Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Bourree I & II
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Cello Suite No.3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Gigue
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Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Prelude
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Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Allemande
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Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Courante
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Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Sarabande
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Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Bourree I & Bourree II
Bach
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Cello Suite No.4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010 - Gigue
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Prelude
Bach
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Allemande
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Courante
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Sarabande
Bach
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Gavotte I & II
Bach
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Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Gigue
Bach
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Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Prelude
Bach
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Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Allemande
Bach
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Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Courante
Bach
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Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Sarabande
Bach
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Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Gavotte I & II
Bach
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Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 - Gigue
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