Prom 68: Bach - Six Cello Suites, Nos 1, 2, 3
Recorded at the BBC Proms 2015, Tom Service presents the first part of Yo-Yo Ma performing the complete solo cello suites by JS Bach.
Yo-Yo Ma performs the complete solo cello suites by JS Bach at the BBC Proms (Part I)
From the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Tom Service
Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello, BWV 1007
Bach: Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello, BWV 1008
Bach: Suite No. 3 in C major for solo cello, BWV 1009
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
American cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been a regular Proms soloist for almost 40 years, now tackling perhaps his boldest performance to date. He performed the complete Bach solo cello suites - over two hours of music - in a single concert: a feat as challenging intellectually as it is physically. Though neglected until the 20th century, the suites represent some of Bach's greatest musical achievements - music at its purest and most profound. Ma's relationship with them extends back over many decades and multiple recordings, generating expressive performances distinguished by their depth of emotion. The second part of the concert can be heard tomorrow evening at 9.10pm.