David Watkin introduces, explores and performs Bach’s Cello Suites Suites nos. 2,3 and 4 He demonstrates how Bach uses the cello to create the illusion of multiple forces, often using the same musical archetypes present in his greatest large-scale works. Narrative, rhetoric and dance elements combine to produce some of the most profoundly spiritual music written for the cello. Yet the loss of Bach’s autograph manuscript requires detective work, piecing together evidence from contemporary sources and study of Bach’s handwriting.
SCO Principal David Watkin shares this process and his 35 year journey performing these Suites – from Frederick the Great’s Palace at Potsdam to Bach’s birthplace, Eisenach.