BBF's Music Director Zachary Carrettín performs J.S. Bach's Cello Suites #1, 2 and 3 on baroque viola.

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The latest reviews:

"Carrettin unveils the soulful melancholy etched within this music."

"He finds the joy locked within every page..."

"(The) lines sing under Carrettin's fingers, channeling the same tender expressivity found in Bach's cantatas."

"This performance counsels that we can see the world anew."


Early Music America

"Carrettin has extensive experience as guest concertmaster with numerous Baroque orchestras, and has lived with these works for over 25 years. The result, not surprisingly, is a superb set of beautifully judged performances."


The Whole Note

"Suite No. 1’s “Courante” and “Gigue” are outpourings of uninhibited joy, as are the equivalent movements in Suite No. 3. Suite No. 2 is a study in melancholy elegance, with another peerlessly played “Saraband”. And do listen out for Carrettin’s highly effective pizzicato da capo in the “Menuett”. The disc boasts spectacularly vivid and lifelike sound; let’s hope that we get a second volume before too long."


The Arts Desk

"He plays Bach not only as music but as speech, line, colour, dance, harmonic sonority, balance and clarity of contrapuntal lines. He uses turns and appoggiaturas in spontaneous dialogue and moments of delight. Melodies wander and explore… And everything is infused with poetry."