Bach Cello Suites
BBC Music Magazine Award
Baroque Instrumental Category
David Watkin's recording of the Bach Cello Suites won both Gramohpone and BBC Music Awards. It was one of three recordings of the Suites listed alongside that of Casals in Gramophone's "The 50 greatest Bach recordings".
It rose to Number 2 in the Clasical Charts and in other notices it was in The Guardian's Top 10 Classical Music Events of 2015, it was BBC Radio 3's CD of the Week and The Herald's Clasical Music CD of the Year.
"Revelatory" BBC Music Magazine, Instrumental Choice
"Definitive" The Guardian
"visionary" CD Review *****
"Hushed and flawless Bach..." The Observer
'Familiar works these may be, but truly exploratory, technically refined and strongly personal performances – as here – can help us hear them anew. A triumph for David Watkin and the Resonus label.'
'This feels like the set I've been waiting years for... his performances are alive with a rare joy, effortless spontaneity, technical precision and imaginative fluency. There couldn't be a better testament to a remarkable musician'
BBC Music Magazine - July Instrumental Choice
“There’s lightness, richness and warmth and a deep humanity that shines out of both Bach’s music and David Watkin’s absorbing traversal. Unplug the phones, switch off your mobile, let social media manage without you for 28 mins, it’s time for Bach…”
Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3, CD of the Week
"Using two historic instruments and playing on gut strings, David Watkin gives a definitive period instrument account of Bach’s six solo Cello Suites. It should be in any Bach lover’s collection. One can only marvel at Watkin’s range of colour, his elegance, his verve, variety and spontaneity – above all his understanding of line and pulse. He has long been one of the top cellists around, as soloist, quartet player and principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.... He will devote his energies, in part, to conducting... we can expect this phenomenal musician to make a mark on the podium too."
Fiona Maddocks The Guardian 19th July 2015
"Watkin really "gets" Bach and these Suites. There is a combination of scholarship, insight, experience and personal involvement which shines throughout and really allows Bach to speak to us." Sid Nuncius, on Amazon