Munch! Lunchtime Concert SeriesOrganised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Lin Juan; Tang I Shyan; Leslie Tan
With its extensive range and a full, lustrous tone, the cello is one of the most versatile instruments in the orchestra and many composers have written works for it. One of the earliest composers to write a solo for the cello was J. S. Bach, whose six suites for unaccompanied cello are still considered as some of the greatest musical achievements in the Western classical canon.
The suites present an interpretative challenge for the cellist and have enchanted many people over the centuries for being the ultimate expression of the soul of the cello. From 15 to 17 Feb 2021, come and listen to three of Singapore's most sought-after cellists as they take on a Bach cello suite of their choice in the Esplanade Concert Hall.
15 Feb 2021, 12.30pm
Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011, performed by Lin Juan
Indulge in a bit of darkness in Bach's Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, arguably the soulful heart of all of Bach's Six Cello Suites. Lin Juan will perform this suite in its original scordatura tuning – giving a richer and darker hue to cello's lower strings.
16 Feb 2021, 12.30pm
Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007, performed by Tang I Shyan
Communicating purity and innocence through the tonality of G major, I Shyan will be presenting J. S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 1, possibly the most famous and recognisable of the composer's set of six suites. Thereafter, she will be joined by organist Phoon Yu to perform Camille Saint-Saëns' Prière, Op.158 for cello and organ.
17 Feb 2021, 12.30pm
Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012, performed by Leslie Tan
Bach's 6 cello suites take the listener on a journey of fantasy, from simplicity to virtuosity; from contemplation and melancholy to exuberant joy.