Raphael Wallfisch performed Bach Cello Suites 1-6 in Autumn concerts, 2023  

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Winchfield Festival presented two new concerts for Autumn in St Mary’s Church, RG27 8DB
Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1stOctober 2023
Raphael Wallfisch, Cello
Bach Cello Suites 1-6
In support of the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Raphael Wallfisch, one of the world’s most celebrated cellists, performed all six of Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites in two recitals at St Mary’s Church, Winchfield.  At the beginning of each recital Raphael discussed the Suites and explained their place at the pinnacle of the cello repertoire.  http://www.raphaelwallfisch.com

The proceeds of this concert were used to provide support to Ukraine via the Disasters Emergency Committee (Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal)


" Raphael Wallfisch played the six Bach Unaccompanied 'Cello Suites over two wonderful evening concerts in St Mary's Church Winchfield on 30th September and 1st October. Very little is known about the origins of the Suites, so Raphael brought them to life by introducing each Suite with readings of letters and diary excerpts by Bach and his friends and family which show Bach to have been a man of humour, modesty and charm. Raphael also played an Unaccompanied 'Cello Fantasia by Gabrielli written just 40 years before the Bach Suites which demonstrated the enormous advance in compositional sophistication which Bach achieved. Raphael played the last (sixth) Suite on a5-string cello (as Bach intended). Five-string cellos are very hard to find so Raphael had to commission a new instrument during the Covid pandemic just so that he could do full justice to the piece - the result was well worth the effort. St Mary's was a perfect venue for the suites - a small and beautiful space with a clear acoustic, and the audience were thrilled"