"Canadian cellist Winona Zelenka gives Bach’s solo cello suites a stylish ease that we don’t often hear on modern cello. Sarabandes sound like graceful dances, not constipated sacred cows, and Zelenka’s modest vibrato and tasteful use of open strings give her access to affects that sometimes get left behind – reflection, say, or melancholy – for more intense ones, especially in slow movements." - Elissa Poole, Globe & Mail
This two-CD release reflects Winona Zelenka's exploration of the Bach six unaccompanied Cello Suites. In some ways the journey has been typical of a cellist of her generation: from the ultra-romanticism of Casals, to the modernist logic of Starker, to a European school that has been more open to historical performance practice.
In her search for Bach's intellectual and emotional meaning, Winona presents a powerful and expressive performance that is both true to the composer and uniquely her own.
Winona Zelenka is one of Canada's finest cellists, known for her gorgeous, luminous tone and expressive brilliance. She electrifies audiences with her impeccable musicality, superb technique and elegant style. "Some of the most beautiful singing… came from the cello of Winona Zelenka. Her opening solo…was breathtaking - floating with effortless musicality." - National Post
The cello used in this recording was made in 1707 by Joseph Guarnerius of Cremona, Italy. The Cremonese instruments of this period are considered the summit of achievement and this Guarneri proves the rule. It is known for its rich magnificent tone.
Catalog: MAR 509