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cello suites 


300 years after Bach, six new cello suites appear, combining the baroque parameters with the endless possibilities of the modern era, giving this instrument a personality never seen before.

cello at its finest

Inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach (1720) suites for solo cello, these six suites exploit other types of technical, expressive, and polyphonic resources that renew and enrich the current repertoire for cello. This instrument acquires an unprecedented expressiveness by unleashing capabilities never explored before.


The composer of this revolutionary project, Samuel Maynez Vidal, tells stories in each movement, revealing the diversity of human emotions accentuated with the impeccable interpretation by the cellist Iñaki Etxepare.

The baroque dances of these suites accompany the listener in a metaphysical journey that shakes mind, body and soul.

Un parteaguas en la historia de la música

Suites for


The suites of this album maintain the same format and musical style of the baroque period mixed with the fresh, unique, and modern touch that Maynez permeates by revealing the entire world of possibilities the instrument has.


The characteristics of each of the constituent dances are presented below.


The "Préludes" are free and autonomous introductory preambles that seek to immerse the interpreter within the tonality. Those included in these suites reflect modern and updated musical genres and parameters.


The "Allemandes" are considered the most relevant dances in cello suites. With a sober and elegant character, they combine technical and expressive resources and act as the starting point from which the original idea came from, transcending the following dances.


The "Courantes" are recognized as very fast dances with a constant flow of notes, which allows the performer to show his or her technical ability.


The "Sarabandes" are determined within a more unrestricted way, being slow and ornate, allowing the interpreter to show his

expressive virtues.

Bourrées & Menuets

This album includes different alternative dances such as "Bourrées" and "Menuets". These two have the purpose of fully exploiting the instrument's polyphony, which entails a high degree of complexity for the interpreter.


The articulated and syncopated "Gigues" are fast dances in which diverse technical skills are manifested, expressing the final purpose of the entire suite.

a watershed in the history of music

The six suites were played with a unique cello built by José Refugio Maldonado, who took as inspiration the baroque instrument of Andrea Guarneri (1626 - 1698). This allowed the new baroque dances to fully match the quality and sound of that period. 

Similarly, the arch that was used to play the cello, was based on plans from the craftsman Biber (1644 - 1704).

Each volume of the album contains three suites distributed into 19 tracks rich in harmonic and melodic nuances that translate into a lap of joy and spiritual comfort for every listener.


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music scores

In alliance with Editorial Boileau, a remarkable collection of music scores has been made for any cellist who wishes to interpret Maynez's six baroque suites for cello solo to unleash all the polyphony and expressiveness of this instrument.




Roberto Gómez Argüelles,


It's an extraordinary fact that today a piece of art with these characteristics comes to light, allowing the performers to have a material for solo cello. Although it's inspired in JSBach Suites, it's approached with a more contemporary perspective.

The Suites for cello solo by Samuel Maynez Vidal were written with an impeccable compositional technique, which forces the interpreter to have a broad command of the cello and express the musicality that is implicit in them.


The cellist, Iñaki Etxepare, gives an account of this with a magnificent interpretation where interesting arches and exquisitely achieved colors stand out.


Ignacio Mariscal,


Welcome to the 6 Baroque Suites of the New Millennium!

Great contribution to the international cello repertoire from the prolific cellist and composer, Samuel Maynez Vidal, proudly Mexican.

Written in that baroque style that mixes with a very Mexican romantic character, in both, its phrases and its counterpoints & harmonies.


Thank you for this excellent contribution to our beloved instrument, the cello. Response of our culture to the European influence in the art of music.


As cellists, we are all clear about the importance of Johann Sebastian Bach's work in this instrument's repertoire. And it is not surprising that his music continues to inspire new projects. 

In this case, I am glad that Maynez has taken the time to build this new proposal. While he clearly takes Baroque music as a reference, he uses other musical resources to freshen up these suites and make them more modern.


It is not easy to create music as the old masters did and still maintain originality, and I think Maynez has succeeded in it. And with that, he is contributing with music that offers a different route for today's interpreters. I am confident that these suites will motivate many cellists to continue playing music in these hard times.


José María López Prado

The freshness of Samuel Maynez's

baroque suites denotes a clarity

of ideas that are appropriate to 

our times.

They are a true feast of emotions that enrich the repertoire for solo cello and from the first moment they invite you to enjoy the noble texture of the cello.

Mixing up Bach's Cello Suites structure from  the 21st century  with Maynez's Mexican creativity was a genius idea.

Gustavo Martín,



Management \ Natalia M. Campos,

Composer \ Samuel Maynez Vidal,


Violoncellist \ Iñaki Etxepare


Six Baroque Suites for Cello of the New Millennium©, 2021


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