“Almost no one made a sound. Almost no one moved. When a large audience is listening intently, it creates an atmosphere that cannot be measured or recorded, only remembered. Here, it was as if music had stilled the world…he was following his natural musical rhythms, to the point that it felt less like a performance than like an interior monologue…[The audience] was under the spell of a solitary searcher in the dark.”
– Alex Ross, The New Yorker, describing Ma’s 2017 performance of the Bach Cello Suites at the Hollywood Bowl
Watch Yo-Yo Ma perform Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, Bourree I and III below. Preorder his new album here.