WOMEN WHO RECORDED THE BACH CELLO SUITES*
Happy International Women's Day!
Tribute to ANnlies Schmidt
Annlies Schmidt, the first woman who recorded the Bach Cello Suites in 1957.
Annlies Schmidt, 1915-2010
She made her career also as a soloist, performed concertos with many orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sergiu Celibidache. She released the first recording using a 5 strings cello and a baroque bow.
- She studied at the Musikhochschule in Berlin where she was a student of Emmanuel Feuermann.
- She played violoncello and also viola da gamba.
Played as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sergiu Celibidache.
Performed Haydn D with orchestra in Berlin
Gave the French premiere of the Samuel Barber Cello Concerto.
Was an active chamber music player.
1960: Recorded Brahms 2 Sonatas for Violoncello and Klavier
with Rolf Knieper, piano. listen
1968 to 1980 : taught at the Karlsruhe Music Academy.
"Pure guts and wounded guts strings"
"These Suites are executed as faithfully as possible to the only original original document, written by Anna Magdalena Bach, second wife of J.S. Bach."
"The 5 Suites is tuned C-G-D-G and the 6th suite is playes à 5 cordes, C-G-D-A-E"
"The bow used for the recording is copied from bow used in baroque period."
"Dedicated to the memory of her maestro, Emmanuel Feuermann"
LISTEN TO THE 6TH SUITE
The recording of the 6 Suites
A FEW WORDS
I found Annlies Schmidt recording when I was looking for old recordings at the BNF. I researched about her and found programs of her performances, in Berlin, before, during, and after World War II. I wish I could have found more information about her. She dedicated this recording to her teacher, Emmanuel Feuermann who, due to his Jewish origin, was dismissed from his position at the Berlin Conservatory by the Nazi regime in 1933.