Suzuki Cello CD, Volume 5
Performed by cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, this Suzuki Cello CD contains recordings of the pieces in volume 5 of the Suzuki Cello School.
- Vivaldi's Sonata in E Minor, Op. 14, No. 5 (Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro)
- W.H. Squire's Danse Rustique, Op. 20, No. 5
- J.S. Bach's Cantata 156 (Arioso)
- G. Goltermann's Concerto No. 4, Op. 65 (Rondo)
Covering periods from Baroque to Romantic, you will love this compilation of beautiful music. Most of it is written specifically for the cello, unlike some of the earlier books, so your young student will develop some very important techniques and add to their solo repertoire. Covers positions from half through seventh.
Vivaldi's COMPLETE Sonata in E Minor is filled with beautiful melodies, exciting rhythmic changes, and great little memorization challenges. The two slower movements (Largo) are each followed by a more upbeat movement (Allegro), and will make great recital pieces for the student (and audience) to practice performance ettiquette between movements.
Squire's "Danse Rustique" will be an instant favorite of students and teachers of all ages! This great little showpiece, written FOR THE CELLO, is filled with lovely little melodies, jaunty dance-like themes, and has some great runs to motivate your student to practice some scales! There are also string orchestra parts available, so you can perform this with a student orchestra if you'd like!
Bach's gorgeous "Arioso" from the Cantata 156 has been transposed and used by lots of different instruments (i.e. violin, oboe and piano concerti), but it has never sounded more beautiful than in this moving cello transcription. Sure, you can teach some Baroque style with this piece, but you may want to work on beautiful shifting techniques and widening up the vibrato so your student can show off the beautiful sound they are developing. This is one of my personal favorites. I loved it when I was 10 and learned it myself, and have enjoyed teaching it to my students ever since!
The Finale to Goltermann's Concerto No. 4, "Rondo," introduces a lot of new bowing, dynamic and stylistic techniques. It's a good little challenge, but it's worth it. This is an abridged version of the piece, and you may enjoy finding the whole movement (and whole concerto!) after you've finished learning this. But this makes it possible to "get through" this Suzuki level and move on to the next quickly without getting bogged down in the whole concerto - especially for those students who like to move through the books quickly.
If you're feeling up to it, I'd definitely try to supplement another movement of a Bach Suite while you're learning this book. Maybe another from the 1st Suite. The older (un-revised) editions of this book did have other movements, and I think getting the whole suite by the time you finish the Suzuki repertoire would be a real plus!