This week we add another Courante--reminds me of the Corrente that Byron shared a few weeks ago. Maybe Bach had a certain aesthetic for this particular dance when using the minor mode. Very interesting!
Also, as mentioned, this Suite calls for the Cello to be tuned differently (scordatura). Instead of the usual A-D-G-C tuning (all strings separated by the interval of a fifth), the A string is tuned down to a G, shrinking the interval to a fourth between the two upper strings (G to D). This gives the instrument a darker sound, and works quite well in the key of C minor.
How does it strike you? Do you hear the instrument differently? I enjoy playing this Suite very much, especially with the scordatura--it has always struck me as particularly noble in character, as if Bach were writing dances in honor of a great King or Queen.
Recorded Live, Right here in Cashmere WA
Matt Ryan-Kelzenberg, Cello