I’ve just completed a cd of Bach’s first and third unaccompanied cello suites which is due to be released in July. These two suites are both very positive and sunny in mood and have been a joy to work on – most of the time anyway… I think this music is wonderfully relaxing to listen to and has a great sense of overall balance and calm. I’m not sure quite how Bach achieved this. I’ve just read a book with extracts from his letters and it’s clear that his life was just as busy and stressful as most of ours are today.
Most of his letters are formal, necessity communications rather than outpourings from his heart; he obviously expressed his feelings through music rather than words. You get a sense of his practicality and down to earth approach to things though, which is where the fascination lies as he is one of the greatest of all composers.
Although well respected by his contemporaries, Bach was nowhere near as famous in his lifetime as he is now and only a fraction of his music was published.
The cd was recorded at Wadenhoe Church in Northamptonshire and I’ll be it through this website, so please email if you’d like to know more.