Johnny Gandelsman Plays Bach


Date and Time

Monday–Thursday, May 22–25, 2023

7 pm


The Met Cloisters

Fuentidueña Chapel

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In 2015, violinist Johnny Gandelsman embarked on a three-year journey through J.S. Bach’s six violin sonatas and partitas, culminating in a debut solo recording that The New York Times called an “essential addition to the pile [of solo Bach albums].” But Gandelsman wasn’t ready to leave Bach’s singular sonic world just yet — for the next four years, he turned his focus to the composer’s six stalwart suites for unaccompanied cello, recording and performing novel, folk-rooted violin arrangements to great critical acclaim. Now, Gandelsman realizes his dream of playing both beloved sets at a single venue, taking up a four-night residency in the resplendent Fuentidueña Chapel at The Met Cloisters.

“This was an exquisitely personal vision of Bach, all radical sincerity and glinting light. The audience sat rapt for nearly two hours, until it rose as one.” —The Boston Globe

Programs (all works by J.S. Bach):

Monday, May 22 at 7 pm
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003

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Tuesday, May 23 at 7 pm
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

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Wednesday, May 24 at 7 pm
Suite No. 1 in G major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007 (transcribed for violin)
Suite No. 2 in D minor for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1008 (transcribed for violin)
Suite No. 3 in C major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1009 (transcribed for violin)

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Thursday, May 25 at 7 pm
Suite No. 4 in Eb major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1010 (transcribed for violin)
Suite No. 5 in C minor for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1011 (transcribed for violin)
Suite No. 6 in D major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1012 (transcribed for violin)

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Tickets start at $70 ($65 + $5 service fee).

Buy all four concerts, get one free!
4-concert package: $210 ($200 + $10 service fee).

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This program is made possible by the Grace Jarcho Ross and Daniel G. Ross Concert Fund.

Image: Johnny Gandelsman, photo by Marco Giannavola

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