Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach


In 2018, Yo-Yo began a new journey, setting out to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s six suites for solo cello in one sitting, across 36 locations around the world. The internationally acclaimed cellist performs The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites at the Odeon marking his first appearance in Greece. As he approaches his seventh decade, the former child prodigy, who has played for eight US presidents, is thinking about what an older musician brings to his repertoire: “It’s still wishful thinking but maybe I have more tools. These suites are so meaningful. They’re not only companions and friends, but they’ve also been reference points in my life.” Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most successful instrumentalists with about 90 recordings, 18 of which are Grammy Award winners. “I’ve recorded the Bach suites twice, the last time just before I was 40. Every time I play them, it’s a check-in of what I’ve learned since the last time.” What has he learned? “I’ve learned about trying to make the piece more polyphonic for a single-line instrument. My challenge is how to communicate that and have the listener participate in the illusion of four voices.” On this musical pilgrimage Yo-Yo Ma unfolds a musical confession, in which neither patterns nor technical perfection are the center of attention, but rhythm, tension and inner pulse. It is a journey motivated not only by his six-decade relationshiop with the music, but also by Bach’s ability to speak to our common humanity at a time when our civic conversation is o often focused on division. Audiences now have the chance to experience this spellbinding, unforgettable performance in an iconic setting in Athens. This concert is one of the unmissable music events.

Additional Info

  • No: 8706
  • Composer: J. S. Bach
  • Production year: 2019
  • Run time: 02:20:00
  • Producers: Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images and C Major Entertainment
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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