Bach cello suites II


The second of three concerts of the Bach cello suites prresented by Confluence Concerts and the Toronto Bach Festival is now up on Confluence’s Youtube channel.  There’s an hour or so of really nice cello playing with Kieran Campbell playing the Suite no.4 and Eleanor Fry performing the Suite no.6.  The most interesting segments though are hearing the musicians talk about their rather unusual instruments.  Kieran was playing an early 18th century instrument that is quite a bit larger than a modern cello and has no spike at the foot.  It’s strung with gut of course though two of the strings are metal wrapped.  Eleanor’s instrument is a modern reproduction of a baroque five stringed cello.  I had no idea such a thing existed!  As with all the Confluence streams, technical quality is impeccable.  Definitely worth a look.

5stringcello

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