Cello Suites
Johann Sebastian Bach

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The fifth of Bach's 11 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This first entered the Hall of Fame in 1997 and has remained in the chart ever since, peaking at number 75 in 2008.

Rarely has a composer managed to pare his music down to its absolute essence as Bach did in his six Cello Suites. Perhaps there are three reasons for this: one, we're dealing with a genius composer; two, their solo nature forcing Bach to astound his listener with clever and sometimes fiendishly difficult ways of maximising the instrument; and three, the fact that the cello is often considered the nearest instrument to the human voice. It somehow captures the feeling of exposed honesty, of complete naturalness, as the greatest voices do.