An extraordinary book about extraordinary music by an extraordinary musical genius,
This review is from: The Cello Suites: In Search of a Baroque Masterpiece (Kindle Edition)
I bought the book a couple of years ago, and read it with delight. I had known the cello suites for many years, having heard some of them on the old BBC Third Programme. I bought myself an LP of the cello suites and wore it grey. I now own CDs by three different cellists, and never tire of playing one or other of them. A couple of evenings ago, I had the chance to hear a live performance of two of the suites in a small chapel. The cellist introduced the two suites he played, telling us how he had begun to study them from the age of about 12. As a professional musician and a cellist he confirmed what extraordinary musical creations these cello suites are. So I know that it is not just me, or Eric Siblin, the author of this book.
I was delighted to find that the book was as good as the cello suites in sustaining the reader's interest and fascination. And, for me, the author is ideally suited to his subject, because he came to it "from the outside" - he is not a cellist, a professional classical musician, a music academic or critic; he is someone with very good musical knowledge who wants to share with you his discovery of this amazing music. And he does it very, very well.
I lent me copy of the book to a friend, and it has not come back to me. But I feel the need to read it again - or at least dip into it. So now I am buying the Kindle edition - it is harder to lose track of a Kindle book than the wandering paperback!