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Cellist Adrian Bradbury explores music from the opposite ends of Bach's treasure-trove of music for solo cello - a genre that he virtually invented. The sixth and final Suite presents some of Bach's most ebullient, invigorating, infectious music. It was composed for a cello with an extra string (though Adrian plays it on the normal 4-string instrument, a technical feat in itself). Its six movements are interleaved with two short Bach-inspired 'Songs' by Philip Glass, reflecting a thoughtful and little-heard side of that composer. Pianissimo is a beautiful and enchanting work by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks which provides a perfect interlude before Adrian ends with Bach's familiar and much loved First Suite, music to heal the heart.
“Bradbury’s technique is dazzling, yet however showy the pyrotechnics get, he always returns to a simple, warm tone for the lyrical melodies.[….] In these strange times, these beautiful melodies, decorated with such virtuosic abandon and performed so effortlessly, provide the perfect balm.”
Bach, Cello Suite no. 6 in D
Glass, Song III, VI
Bach, Cello Suite no. 1 in G
About the musician:
Adrian Bradbury began playing the cello at the age of seven and became a principal player of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. After studying Veterinary Science and Music at Churchill College, Cambridge he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, after which he continued his studies in Berlin with Berlin Philharmonic solo-cellist Goetz Teutsch. He has performed concertos in seven European countries, and is in demand as guest principal with orchestras such as London Sinfonietta and the Royal Philharmonic.
Adrian makes regular chamber music broadcasts on BBC Radio with The Composers Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Jane’s Minstrels, Chamber Domaine, Endymion, Trio Gemelli, Scottish Ensemble and Touchwood piano quartet – such concerts involve repeated appearances at the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank and the Carnegie Hall, together with major festivals (Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, City of London, Spitalfields, Huddersfield, Orkney, Nuremberg, Turku and Aarhus) and the BBC Promenade chamber music season. He has recorded on CD with all these groups (gaining 'Editor’s Choice' in Gramophone and ‘CD of the Month’ in the Daily Telegraph).
He is regularly invited to be Cello Professor for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and to teach and examine cello students at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he is also Music and Science Coordinator. Adrian also holds a degree in natural science from Cambridge University and has collaborated with neuroscientists in studies on behavioural and neurological changes in string players during performances.