Inspired by Bach: The Cello Suites (1998)
Yo-Yo Ma's second recording of Bach's Cello Suites, released in 1997, came about after he heard a quote by Albert Schweitzer describing Bach as a ... Show synopsis Yo-Yo Ma's second recording of Bach's Cello Suites, released in 1997, came about after he heard a quote by Albert Schweitzer describing Bach as a pictorial composer. That led Ma to ask six directors and several other artists from different disciplines to collaborate with him on a series of short films -- part documentary, part performance -- each one based on one of the suites. The resulting mini-series, titled Inspired by Bach, was shown on television in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and at various film festivals. Each of the suites in this recording, however, isn't necessarily the exact soundtrack for the film it goes with, but it was what the other artists involved in the project used as their inspiration. The main question is: separate from the films, how does this set of suites differ from Ma's 1983 set? In general, Ma's interpretation isn't that different from the earlier recording. It isn't necessarily more mature, since only 12 years separate the recordings, and the 1983 version was already...
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