American cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been a regular Proms soloist for almost 40 years, and now tackles perhaps his boldest performance to date. He performs 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 achivements – 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.
J. S. Bach
Suites for solo cello:
No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 19’
No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 21’
No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 21’
No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 27’
No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 26’
No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012 30’
Yo-Yo Ma cello
There will be no interval
- Recorded for broadcast on BBC Four on 10 September