Bach Cello Suites - Baroque cello - Marianne Dumas

The booklet includes an interview in English, French, Italian

BACH: CELLO SUITES – Marianne Dumas


Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007

Cello Suite No. 2, in D minor, BWV 1008

Cello Suite No. 3, in C Major, BWV 1009


Cello Suite No. 4, in E-flat Major, BWV 1010

Cello Suite No. 5, in C minor, BWV 1011

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


In 2008 Marianne Dumas commenced a research project on the impact of posture, state of mind and breathing on the production of sound, always taking the Bach Cello Suites as her reference. Her research into the technique of playing the cello consequently took her to Berlin to gain a better understanding of the sound of the baroque cello, in collaboration with instrument makers and other experts in the period. Shortly after her arrival in Berlin, Marianne made an important discovery that would dramatically change her perspective: what should have been only a minor exploration transformed into a major research project into the origins of the instrument and how it was played, which was followed by the recording of a new and ground-breaking version of the Bach Cello Suites. This recording of her own edition of the Cello Suites constitutes for her a first and fitting culmination point in this exciting venture.

Urania Records

Prelude N°1 in G major