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The Bach Cello Suites: A Companion
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The Bach Cello Suites: A Companion (Paperback)

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Synopsis

A unique Companion to J S Bach's iconic Cello Suites from internationally-renowned cellist Steven Isserlis.



'Isserlis is the master of the material, yet always able to make it accessible . . . It is an absolute treat to be led to this sublime music by such an ethusiastic expert.'

MICHAEL PALIN



'The book I've always wanted: an accessible, eloquent guide to the world's greatest - and maybe most elusive - pieces of music. And written by the man I'd want to tell me about it. This is such a delight.'

DERREN BROWN



'Illuminating.' OBSERVER

'Striking.' THE SPECTATOR



Bach's six Cello Suites 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. To cellists they represent a musical bible, to listeners, scarcely less. 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.



Award-winning international cellist Steven Isserlis, whose recent recording of the Suites met with the highest critical acclaim, goes deep into that emotional journey, bringing to bear all his many years' experience of performing the Suites. His 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 reader further into the world of the Suites in order to enhance the experience of hearing some of the greatest works ever composed.



Praise for Steven Isserlis' BACH: THE CELLO SUITES



'The most wonderful cello-playing, surely among the most consistently beautiful to have been heard in this demanding music.'

GRAMOPHONE



'Isserlis has done the impossible. He has given the listener something new, and indeed something outstandingly good . . . This recording can sit proudly on the shelf alongside the great recordings of Casals and Rostropovich. In fact, I may find myself picking it up as the favourite.'

BBC RADIO 3

Music & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresWestern 'classical' music Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 16/03/2023 ISBN-13: 9780571366255  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and multi-faceted career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. He appears regularly with the world's leading orchestras, gives recitals every season in major musical centres, devises fascinating chamber music programmes, performs with many period-instrument ensembles, plays and writes for children, and with many living composers. He has written two children's books, and gives masterclasses worldwide. For the past eighteen years he has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians' Seminar atPrussia Cove, Cornwall.

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