NV6340 Three Cello Suites

J.S. Bach: Three Cello Suites

Joshua Ranz bass clarinet, arranger

Release Date: April 23, 2021
Catalog #: NV6340
Format: Digital & Physical
Baroque
Solo Instrumental
Clarinet

THREE CELLO SUITES from clarinetist Joshua Ranz and Navona Records is a truly groundbreaking take on Bach’s legendary works; In this album, for the first time ever, listeners may enjoy three unabridged cello suites by Bach arranged for the bass clarinet. Ranz selected Suites 1, 4, and 2 for this recording because, together, they form a cohesive and dynamic whole. Ranz holds the chair of principal clarinet for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and has played on such blockbuster soundtracks as Toy Story 3 and 4, and Star Wars episodes VII and IX. He can be heard prominently featured in La La Land, Catch Me If You Can, and An American Pickle. Ranz lends a fresh voice to Bach’s profoundly-beautiful music in THREE CELLO SUITES.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): I. Prelude J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 2:38
02 Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): II. Allemande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 4:36
03 Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): II. Allemande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 2:32
04 Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 3:20
05 Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 3:17
06 Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 1:41
07 Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): I. Prelude J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 4:42
08 Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): II. Allemande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 3:44
09 Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): II. Allemande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 3:38
10 Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 4:40
11 Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 5:45
12 Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 2:47
13 Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): I. Prelude J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 4:08
14 Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): I. Prelude J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 3:16
15 Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): I. Prelude J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 1:53
16 Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 5:00
17 Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 2:53
18 Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 (Arr. J. Ranz for Bass Clarinet): IV. Sarabande J.S. Bach Joshua Ranz, bass clarinet 2:33

SUITE #2 recorded February 19, 2020 at the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles CA
Recording Session Engineer Steve Kaplan

SUITE #1 & #4 recorded August 2019 – August 2020 in Long Beach CA
Chief Audio Engineer — Laszlo Mezo (mezorecords.com)
Recording Session Engineer Joshua Ranz

Cover photo Adrian Borda

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Morgan Santos

VP, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
General Manager of Audio & Sessions Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
Mastering Shaun Michaud

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner

Artist Information

Joshua Ranz

Clarinetist

Hailed in the LA Times as offering a “stunning rendition” of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, and an “exciting” version of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, Joshua Ranz is Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). In addition, he holds the chair of Principal Clarinet of the New West Symphony and the position of Bass Clarinet with the Pacific Symphony.

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Notes

Joshua Ranz is thrilled to release his premiere recording, THREE SUITES FOR CELLO by J.S. Bach, arranged for bass clarinet. The suites have had a significant impact on Ranz’s approach to the bass clarinet; they were a formative influence throughout his studies with virtuoso bass clarinetist Dennis Smylie at the Yale School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival . Many bass clarinetists over the years have learned and performed various movements of the suites. Ranz is excited to be the first of these artists to produce an album of complete cello suites; three of the six written by the composer. Ranz has chosen these three suites based on their fluidity on the bass clarinet and their beautifully contrasting musical styles.

Ranz would like to give special gratitude to audio engineer Laszlo Mezo, who spent countless hours editing, re-editing, and communicating at all hours with him. The project would not have been possible without his passion and knowledge, as both a brilliant engineer and cellist.

Ranz would also like to thank Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Ben Cadwallader for facilitating the funding for this project and Board members Leslie Lassiter, Ann Mullally, and Ruth Eliel for their generous support. Special thanks to Terri and Jerry Kohl for their very generous gift to help make this project a reality.

Ranz would like to thank his wife, Lelie Resnick, for her patience and emotional support throughout this engrossing two year process. Finally, the artist offers gratitude to his parents—to his mom, Esther Waters, for giving him the drive to pursue the career in music, and his dad, Jules Ranz, for his deep passion and appreciation for the genius of J.S. Bach.