On 27 March 2020, Supraphon will release a timeless recording of
Bach's Cello Suites performed by an excellent Czech cellist Saša Večtomov.
The album will be available on CD as well as in digital formats.
Bach Cello Suites are a great challenge for everyone who has mastered the
cello, Saša Večtomov included. His first teacher was his father (he studied in
Paris with Piatigorsky and Fournier and with Casals's assistant Alexanian). The
playing of the young Večtomov was then strongly influenced by
Rostropovich's teacher Semyon Kozolupov at the Moscow Conservatoire and by
André Navarra in Italy. Besides his solo career, he also excelled at playing
chamber music (Czech Trio, City of Prague Quartet) and was an equally wonderful
For the recording of the Bach suites Saša Večtomov prepared himself for
several years. He was the first Czech cellist to perform all of Bach’s Six
Cello Suites from memory on a single evening (1980). He then recorded them in
just ten days at the turn of August and September 1984 in the Organ Hall of the
Rudolfinum on an Italian instrument made by Alessandro Gagliano (1712). The
recording company set a condition that the complete set had to fit on two LP
records, something that would be indefensible by today’s standards. For this
reason, the suites were recorded without repeats. Paradoxically, however, he
turned this handicap to his advantage, and the “stories” he tells through
his playing are full of intense excitement.