Tuesday, January 08, 2008

3 kinds of Sacred Mystery


I'm listening a lot at the moment to Steven Isserlis's recording of J S Bach's Cello Suites [Hyperion 2006]. With the single cello it has a minimalist, repetitive feel. Interestingly in the sleeve notes Isserlis suggests that Bach may have been inspired in its composition by the life of Christ, and sees the suites as representing the three kinds of 'Sacred Mystery': the joyful, the sorrowful and the glorious. I am not an expert in this field but the recording sounds amazing to me. It feels like a piece of music that will accompany me for years to come.

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