How did it come about that six of Bach's greatest instrumental works of the 18th century—the renowned cello suites—were coupled in three concerts with 20th century solo suites composed by Benjamin Britten?
In an interview with Caitriona Bolster of KWAX, John Evans, OBF executive director and a published Britten scholar, reveals the parallels between Bach and Britten, which 20th century master Britten composed his for, and offers further insights into three highlight chamber music concerts of the OBF's first week, must-see events for fans of Bach and the cello.
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At OBF: trailblazing cellist Alban Gerhardt performs nine solo cello works over three concerts.
Monday June 27
Bach Suites Nos. 1 & 6; Britten No. 2
Wednesday June 29
Bach Suites Nos. 2 & 4; Britten No. 3
Friday July 1
Bach Suites Nos. 3 & 5; Britten No. 1