Master class

Master Class with Jordi Savall (I/VI)

Bach's Cello Suite No. 3

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Jordi Savall — Teacher, gambist

Tristan Sutton

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Jordi Savall–renowned gambist, conductor, composer, musical researcher and leader in the field of early music–collaborates with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas in a series of six master classes featuring alumni of the New World Symphony (NWS). He works with the young string players on solo pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, exploring with them the significance of style, technique, musicianship and historical context in the performance of baroque music.

NWS alumni bassist Tristan Sutton performs the sarabande from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major. The work belongs to Bach’s set of six suites for unaccompanied cello. While the suites represent some of most renowned works of musical literature written for cello, their popularity has led to their transcription for numerous other instruments, including the string bass. In this master class, they delve into bow technique and its influence on articulation, flexibility and expressiveness.

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