Walter Mencken 11 a.m., May 24
Just for fun, I listened to some of Bach's cello suites today and I must admit they're better than kale.
The recording I chose is from 1936 with Pablo Casals as cellist.
Casals was the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th Century. Some consider him the preeminent cellist of all time.
Casals had a special relationship with the Bach suites. He discovered them when he was 13 and studied them for 12 years before performing them in public at the age of 25.
He is said to have played and practiced them everyday for the rest of his life--he died at age 96. They were his spiritual discipline and joy.
This spiritual aspect is present as we listen to Casals play Bach. There is no way to put it into words except to say that there is a sense of the holy in this music.
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