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Steven Isserlis: The Bach Cello Suites

In conversation with Rachel Cooke
Fri 17th September 2021, 7.15pm

Baillie Gifford Tent

£25/£30

Bach's 6 Suites for solo cello are among the most cherished of all the works in the classical music literature. Shrouded in mystery - they were largely unknown for some two hundred years after their composition - they have acquired a magical aura which continues to attract and fascinate audiences the world over.

Award-winning international cellist Steven Isserlis, whose recent recording of the Suites met with the highest critical acclaim, will be in conversation with Rachel Cooke exploring the emotional journey of all his many years' experience of performing the Suites.

Through what are on the surface simple Dance Suites, Bach takes us on a spiritual journey like no other, leading us from joy to tragedy, concluding in jubilation, even triumph. Steven’s book is intended as a rewarding companion for all music lovers, ranging from the casual listener to the performing musician. By offering his own very personal observations of the music, Isserlis's aim is to take the audience further into the world of the Suites to enhance the experience of hearing some of the greatest works ever composed.

Steven Isserlis is in conversation with Rachel Cooke, the award-winning writer and columnist at the Observer and television critic at New Statesman.

This event lasts 50 mins.
A copy of The Bach Cello Suites is included per pair of tickets (£12.99)

Note: This event is currently on sale to Friends Priority booking only from Friday 20th August 10am.
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General booking opens Fri 20 August.

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