Our second release this month is Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, performed by Ethan Filner, ESO Assistant Principal Viola. Bach’s Cello Suites are widely known and loved as a staple in classical music repertoire. But did you know that they only gained far-reaching popularity long after Bach’s death? In 1889, 166 years after Bach composed them, 13-year-old cello prodigy Pablo Casals discovered the Suites in a second-hand store. He went on to record them, which contributed to their lasting popularity.
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
ESO Assistant Principal Viola
Program notes © 2021 by D.T. Baker.