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MICHAEL KREMER ON BACH

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Performance by Yo Yo Ma in 2015

This is entry #31 in our 100 Philosophers, 100 Artworks, 100 Words Series.

Philosopher: Michael Kremer

Artwork: J. S. Bach, The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites, BWV 1007-1012. Performed by Yo-yo Ma; recorded in 1983. (Sony Classical)

Words: Well, anything by Bach really. I have loved Bach since falling asleep as a child to the sound of my father playing Two-part Inventions downstairs. This recording is one of my favorites*. It feels to me earthy and real, with occasional rough edges peeking through the wonderful playing. I like to listen to this especially in the Fall; it seems to suit the darkening, shortening days, the falling leaves, the coming cold of Winter. My children have grown up with this as a kind of seasonal tradition.

*The recording above is not the original recording provided by the author of this post. The original link has been removed from Youtube. The video provided above is a 2015 recording by the same performer.

One thought on “MICHAEL KREMER ON BACH

  1. Yes it is so beautiful, and if you ever try to play Bach it is so rewarding (even though I am a terrible player, I played viola in high school along with the Double Violin concerto). If you love Bach you MUST watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWv21DKwBFg

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