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J.S. Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello, Recorded on the Double Bass (2018)
Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne, double bass
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Sankt Johannes Kirke in Århus, Denmark, archival photo from the city archives of Århus.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Disc 1
Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
Disc 2
Suite No. 4 in Eb Major, BWV 1010
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 

Notes from Dobbs:

On Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday, March 21, 2015, I played all six of his Solo Cello Suites in the Sankt Johannes Kirke in Århus, Denmark. This was a memorable event for many reasons. I had begun my study of the bass in Århus in 1961 and had progressed quickly and confidently enough to be accepted into the Oberlin Conservatory of Music after only three months. Two years later, after a frustrating time at Oberlin, I was told by the panel who heard my second year jury to find another major. I returned to Denmark to find the inspiration and confidence I had lost. After a wonderful year of practicing and performing with different orchestras, I returned home and enrolled in The Juilliard School. This concert was the fifty-year anniversary of that incredible year. In attendance was my first bass teacher, Bent Grosen, as well as almost the entire extended Norskov family with whom I had lived, as well some members of the Århus student orchestra from 1964-65. The church was full and it was very fulfilling.

 

Upon returning home, I began to record the suites again with this wonderful event in my memory. Why record them again? My first recording, and the premiere recording on the bass playing them exactly as Bach wrote them, was on Centaur Records in 1997. Later in 2011, I released a live recording from Bolivia. The impetus for this recording is the way I have spent the last 12 years. When I founded Bach With Verse in 2004, the idea was for me to play as many concerts as possible in places that otherwise would not get music; places like prisons and jails, refugee camps and drug rehab centers, war-torn countries like Iraq and Afghanistan and places suffering from the aids epidemic with its resulting orphans like Uganda and South Africa.

 

On each concert, I play one of Bach’s Solo Cello Suites and then tell stories set to music and sing some songs accompanied by my bass. To date I’ve done something over a thousand performances. Since I cycle through the suites this means I’ve done literally hundreds of performances of each one. I’ve also done 20 performances of all six together. The end result is that these pieces are an essential part of my life and they have grown as I have grown and it’s time to share what I’ve learned.

 
Monkey Business & Other Stories
Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne, double bass
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1. The Lions of Ramallah, op. 29 (2005)
2. Mistaken Identity, op. 30 (2006)
3. Sitting by the Nile, op. 37 (2015)
4. Za au Jwand, op. 33 (2009)  
5. Poems from the Inside, op. 36 (2014)      
6. Ana Ana, op. 34 (2009)
7. Pacha Mama (Traditional Bolivian)
8. Live Free or Die, from op. 13 (1994)          
9. Halalu, op. 32 (2008)   
10. North Carolina by Mistake, op. 40 (2017)

Dobbs Sings
Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne, double bass
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4 Stories
Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne, double bass
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1.  Not the Worst Thing, op. 9 (September 1992)   
2.  Me and Grand Central, op. 11 (September 1993)  
3.  Chocolate, War and Time, op. 8 (July 9, 1992)  
4.  Wolves, Love and Donuts, op. 19 (September 1996)   

Bear Naked & Other Stories
Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne, double bass
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1. Interview with the Dwarf, op. 14 (1995)
2. Rehabilitation Blues, op. 28 (2005)
3. Conversation by the Nile, op. 35 (2009)
4. Crime in New Hampshire, op. 22 (1998)
5. Bear Naked, op. 39 (2017)
6. La Vendetta, op. 26 (2001)

 
J.S. Bach: Six Solo Suites LIVE (CD 1 & 2)
Richard Hartshorne, double bass
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J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord
Premiere Recording on the Double Bass
Richard Hartshorne, double bass
Daniel Sedgwick, harpsichord
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Brahms: The Cello Sonatas
Premiere Recording on the Double Bass
Richard Hartshorne, double bass
Tali Morgulis, piano
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Johannes Brahms

Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99