When world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, he does so using an instrument that is actually older than Bach’s work itself.
Ma’s cello, the legendary Davidov Stradivarius, was constructed in 1712, some five years before Bach began composing his series of six cello suites. Ma lovingly describes how the various materials that were used to create the instrument—the wood, strings, even the shellac and bow hair—came from countries around th...
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