The Bach Cello Suites, with Steven Isserlis

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The cellist talks about his new book about these extraordinary works

Bach's cello suites are among the most extraordinary works - both joyful and profound - written for the instrument. In his new book, The Bach Cello Suites: A Companion, published by Faber, Steven Isserlis draws on decades of reflection on this music, sharing his views and encouraging us to listen in even greater depth. He joins Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford in this week's podcast to talk about his book and the music. Excerpts throughout are taken from his recording of the suites, available on the Hyperion label, Gramophone’s Instrumental Award winner back in 2007. 

This week's Gramophone Podcast is in association with Leipzig – the City of Music, where in June and July 2022 the Leipzig Opera Festival will focus on the music of Wagner. For full information visit wagner22.de 

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(photo: Jean Baptiste Millot)

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