Sandler Center’s season of full-spectrum Bach continues with this dynamic and inventive presentation of Bach’s six magical cello suites. For cellists, playing all six is often seen as the ‘Mount Everest’ of the cello repertoire, but rarely are they performed by such a diverse collection of artists using a wide variety of approaches to the master’s spectacular work. Three suites exemplify the beauty of traditional solo cello format, while three suites burst to life through innovative interpretations incorporating elements of dance, theater, jazz or voice offering audiences a one-of-a-kind encounter with this timeless body of work.
Hear excerpts from Bach’s personal letters read from the stage, illuminating the story of this magnificent music.
Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 – classic interpretation
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 – classic interpretation
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 – cello and baroque dance reimagined
Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 – the concert takes a theatrical turn as a humorous existential crisis of a cellist
Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 – cello with voice and trombone
Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 – virtuosic demands of this piece for 5 string cello, played on a 4 string antique instrument