J. S. Bach: Cello Suites

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Label: AVIE
Catalog: AV2212
Format: CD

Tanya Tomkins, cello

J S Bach (1685 - 1750)
Six suites for unaccompanied cello (performed on baroque cellos)
CD 1
Suite No. 3 in C major / Suite No. 2 in D minor / Suite No. 6 in D major
CD 2
Suite No. 5 in C minor / Suite No. 4 in E-flat major / Suite No. 1 in G major

Tanya Tomkins, one of the foremost cellists of her generation, makes an indelible impression scaling the pinnacle of the cello repertoire, J S Bach's Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. Familiar to record collectors through her appearance on Avie's release of Kummer's Cello Duets, and as a member of the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio's Mendelssohn and Schumann recordings, Tanya is equally at home in an intimate house concert setting or anchoring the cello section of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with whom she has become a familiar face to home audiences in San Francisco. A student of Anner Bylsma at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands, Tanya was the first cellist to win the Boston-based Erwin Brodsky Competition for early music soloists, in 2001. In addition to Philharmonia Baroque, she has been a featured soloist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, and the Oregon Bach Festival. As a recitalist, Tanya has performed at Lincoln Center and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

critical acclaim
"Tomkins explored Bach's Cello suite No. 1 with a probing, ruminating, often rhapsodic approach" - Los Angeles Times
"superlative performance ... A performer who combines an intense dramatic fire with Apollonian poise ... There is an international career of great renown awaiting this young woman" - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Tomkins offered as compelling solo work on period instruments as you are likely to hear. The result was spontaneous and heartfelt music making." - San Francisco Classical Voice

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