Bach’s Cello Suites

Suites for unaccompanied cello by J.S.Bach were rescued from oblivion by cello player Pablo Casals, in 1889, and became reference pieces for this instrument. They must have been composed during the time the composer worked in Cöthen (between 1717 and 1723) and it is believed that they were written for two excellent cello players who served Prince Leopold: Bernard Linigke and Carl Ferdinand Abel.

We will have the opportunity to listen to these Suites in full, which will be performed by Jed Barahal, on the Montagnana cello (built by the famous Italian luthier in 1700, supposedly), which belonged to cello player Guilhermina Suggia and currently rests in Porto City Hall. 

Guilhermina Suggia was one of the greatest cello players of her time. She was Pablo Casals’ student, who she lived with between 1906 and 1913, and she successfully performed Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello throughout her career, as the Sunday Times confirms: “She probably reached her best playing Bach’s Suites, where no combination of orchestral sounds or piano diminished the unsurmountable beauty of her tone.” (Sunday Times, 12/11/1924).

 


CONCERTS

22nd May, Tuesday


21h30
Salão Nobre da Câmara Municipal do Porto
Bach’s Cello Suites ⋅ Jed Barahal

23rd May, Wednesday


21h30
Salão Nobre da Câmara Municipal do Porto
Bach’s Cello Suites ⋅ Jed Barahal