Six Evolutions: Bach Cello Suites | Sony 19075854652

Six Evolutions: Bach Cello Suites


In stock - available for despatch within 1 working day

Label: Sony

Cat No: 19075854652

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 17th August 2018

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Sony Classical is proud to announce the release of Yo-Yo Ma’s new album Six Evolutions: Bach Cello Suites, his third and final recording of these works. Bach and his Cellos Suites entered Yo-Yo Ma’s life when he was four, when he learned the first bar of the Prélude to Suite No.1 under his father’s instruction. Ma has never lost his initial fascination.

“Bach’s Cello Suites have been my constant musical companions,” Ma writes of the music. “For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort and joy during times of stress, celebration and loss. What power does this music possess that even today, after three hundred years, it continues to help us navigate through troubled times?”

Ma is more convinced than ever of the suites’ ability to create shared meaning that extends far beyond the here and now. The suites’ collective vision – at once divergent and coherent, empathic and objective – reminds us of all that connects us despite an increasingly discordant public conversation.

The release of Six Evolutions also signals the beginning of a two-year, six-continent journey in which Yo-Yo Ma will devote himself to Bach’s music, playing all six Cello Suites in a single setting in familiar and unlikely locations.

Six Evolutions: Bach Cello Suites will not only offer an essential encapsulation of what this music means now to one of the world’s most celebrated artists, it begins a new chapter in the cellist’s 58-year relationship with this music.


Regular readers of Gramophone will surely know that there are numerous exceptional recordings of Bach’s six Cello Suites, from Casals and Fournier through to Gendron, Starker, Schiff, Shafran, Isserlis and many, many more, all of them essential listening for all those who love this divine music. But even by those exalted standards this set stands out as rather special. ... By now, Ma’s wings are fully grown. His capacity for soaring seems limitless, his ability to minutely alter dynamics and tempos at the least prompting and the joy of his lilting rhythms are inspirational. I don’t think he has ever made a greater recording...  Rob Cowan
Gramophone Awards 2018

Error on this page? Let us know here

Need more information on this product? Click here