J.S. Bach - Music for Reflection

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‘The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them.’ Paulo Coelho

About this concert

Enter a realm of reflection with soulful music by Johann Sebastian Bach and contemporary works that echo his deeply affecting art. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are intimate and infinite in their power. They hypnotise us in the present while creating a divine space for meditative contemplation. Bach’s Cello Suites are just as revelatory. Here the cello breathes as a singer, finding an unsurpassed resonance and range.

Together with works by today’s luminaries, including Arvo Pärt’s much-admired Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the Mirror), Bach’s pioneering vision is refracted and reflected in a sparkling new light. The sensitive musicianship of violinist Rachael Beesley, cellist Josephine Vains and percussionist Robert Cossom will express the emotional riches of these great works.

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Rachael Beesley violin
Josephine Vains cello
Robert Cossom marimba/vibraphone


J.S. Bach
Cello Suite No.3 in C, BWV 1009
1. Prelude

Ross Edwards
10 Little Duets
1. Rain

J.S. Bach
Cello Suite No.3 in C, BWV 1009
4. Sarabande

Ross Edwards
10 Little Duets
10. Echoes

J.S. Bach
Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001
3. Siciliana

Charles MacInnes
Quiet Girl Suite
Petite Air I – Echo

J.S. Bach
Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
1. Allemande

Arvo Pärt
Spiegel im Spiegel

J.S. Bach
Violin Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003
3. Andante

J.S. Bach
Violin Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005
3. Largo

Katy Abbott

Thomas Ravenscroft
The Three Ravens

Robert Cossom
2. Stars

Stephen Leek
Anembo, place of peace

J.S. Bach
Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001
1. Adagio

Svante Henryson
Green Song


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