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News - Peter Gregson's 'Bach Recomposed' in Concert at London's Royal Albert Hall

Friday, April 26, 2019
On Wednesday May 1, award-winning cellist and composer Peter Gregson will take to the main stage of London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall accompanied by an ensemble of five fellow cellists to perform a selection of movements from his recent album Recomposed by Peter Gregson: Bach – The Cello Suites.

Gregson’s album is the latest release in Deutsche Grammophon’s pioneering Recomposed series, which invites contemporary composers to reinterpret works in the classical canon. For his record, Gregson ‘recomposed’ perhaps the best-loved of all works for his instrument, the Bach Cello Suites.

The performance is one of the headline events of the Royal Albert Hall’s 2019 Love Classical season, which celebrates some of the most distinctive and original voices in classical music today. Entitled Bach Evolutions, the evening programme explores the music of J.S. Bach reinvented for today and is the finale of Deutsche Grammophon’s 120th anniversary celebrations.

Alongside Gregson, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson will play excerpts from his highly-praised album Johann Sebastian Bach. Electronic artist Clark will also be debuting a specially-arranged Bach-inspired composition.

Gregson and his ensemble will perform the following excerpts:

Cello Suite No.1 – I. Prelude / III. Courante

Cello Suite No.2 – I. Prelude / VI. Gigue

Cello Suite No.3 – I. Prelude / II. Allemande

Cello Suite No.4 – I. Prelude / V. Bourrée

Cello Suite No.5 – I. Prelude

Cello Suite No.6 – I. Prelude / II. Allemande / VI. Gigue

WATCH: Gregson’s recent interview with the Love Classical team ahead of the upcoming performance, in which he explains his approach to reinterpreting the Bach Cello Suites.

READ: Q&A with Gregson, Ólafsson and Clark ahead of Bach Evolution, in conversation with the Love Classical team.

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