Why See Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach?
an evening to treasure
As one of the world's most in-demand musicians, you can be assured that any evening in the company of Yo-Yo Ma is sure to be highly captivating and memorable. In this special concert, Ma will play Bach's Six Suites for Cello solo and unaccompanied by the orchestra, displaying his enviable virtuosity through the what is considered the composer's greatest musical achievements.
First rising to prominence as a child prodigy in the 1960's Yo-Yo Ma has continued to delight and inspire audiences since, playing all over the world and scooping up 18 Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the process. Eclectic and versatile in his choices, Ma's main instrument is a 1799 Domenico Montagnana cello nicknamed Petunia.
Of all of Bach's writings, his Six Suites for Cello is considered amongst his very best. Composed around the early 1720's, little is known of the process or indeed premiere of the works until they were revived and recorded in the 1930s by Pablo Casals after he happened across a manucsript in a thriftshop.
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