Matthew is a classical cellist on a par with the finest cellists of our day, and he is also a brilliant guitarist, playing classical and rock with equal passion and virtuosity. Blaze Audio is proud to offer his first commercial CD, containing all the solo Suites for cello by J.S. Bach. The beauty, power, and mastery of this recording are not to be missed.
Listen to a selection from the First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach. as performed by Matthew Rehfeldt:
The Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach are the crowning glory of the repertoire for this instrument. They were popularized by Pablo Casals in the early 20th century; he began studying them at age 13 but did not record them until he was 48. The Suites are sets of dances, and require double, triple, and quadruple-stopping as well as single melodic line playing. The 6th Suite was written for a 5-stringed instrument, and used the top E string continuously; the modern cello has no E string, so the cellist must make use of the high thumb positions to play the desired notes; the effect created by this technique by Mr. Rehfeldt is glorious.
These pieces never grow stale; they nurture the soul and calm the spirit. Buy this CD, carry it with you, play it whenever you can, and you will feel joy and peace.
Buy the complete solo suites for cello by J.S. Bach on CD now for only $24.99 plus shipping and handling.
About Matthew Rehfeldt
A chamber music enthusiast, Matthew Rehfeldt has frequently been featured as soloist and collaborator in the First Sunday at St. Paul's and the Music for a Starry Night concert series, both in Mount Vernon, WA, and in the LaConner Institute of Performing Arts concert series. In 2007, Matt was invited to perform as an international soloist and chamber musician in the Monteverde Music Festival in Costa Rica. In 2009, he was featured live performing on cello and guitar for National public radio with violinist Anna Schaad. He is a cofounding member of Trio Lumina and founder of the Bach to Rock concert series.
Mr. Rehfeldt has held the post of principal cellist for the Southern California Youth Orchestra, Claremont Young Musicians' Orchestra, University of Redlands Chamber Orchestra, Mancini Symphony of the Desert, Cascade Symphony, Skagit Opera, and is currently principal cellist for the Starry Night Chamber Orchestra. Matt teaches cello and guitar out of his private home studio and is currently a freelance cellist and guitarist performing regularly as soloist, principal cellist, and chamber musician throughout Western Washington and abroad. Mr. Rehfeldt has recently released a highly acclaimed CD
set of all six Bach Suites for Solo Cello.
Mr. Rehfeldt was born into a musical family. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands with a major in cello performance and a minor in classical guitar. He studied cello with Rick Mooney, Joyce Getting (U of R), Barton Frank, Ray Davis (principal cello, Seattle ymphony) and guitar with Terry Graves (De Falla Trio). Matthew was honored with the University of Redands Most Outstanding Performer Award and was also winner of the Redlands Bowl Competition. He has performed as featured soloist with the University of Redlands Chamber Orchestra and with the Skagit Symphony, including their Opening Night at McIntyre performance.
Buy the complete solo suites for cello by J.S. Bach on CD now for only $25.00 plus shipping and handling.