Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo works for strings were long underestimated. They were regarded as fantastically composed virtuoso practice pieces but not as masterpieces to be played in concert. It was Pablo Casals, sensing their profound musical significance, who changed this assessment. His recording at the beginning of the 20th century made the Suites for Solo Cello accessible to a wide audience. He was also the first to perform all six of them in concert. For Casals they were the quintessence of Bach’s oeuvre, and Bach himself the quintessence of all music. Today the suites form an integral part of the standard repertoire.

Christophe Coin has been exploring these key works since his student days. He is one of the most prominent musicians in the world of Early Music and came to Hall with Jordi Savall back in the 1980s. His interpretation of Bach’s suites is unique in terms of depth.

Christophe Coin – cello

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In this context, we would like to draw your attention to the Bach focus at the Innsbruck Haus der Musik. Original works and arrangements form part of the programme throughout the season.