The cello has long been regarded as the orchestral instrument with a sound that most closely resembles the range and timbre of the human voice.
In the first part of the 18th century, composer J. S. Bach created a series of six suites for the solo cello. The suites were, essentially, collections of French dances -- gavottes, gigues, allemandes and courantes. 300 years later, these Bach suites remain a pinnacle of cello music, and a true challenge for any cellist.
Friday morning at 9:00, Classical 104.9 FM will feature a full hour of music that salutes the cello. You'll hear Yo-Yo Ma play one of the Bach suites; Hee-Young Lim plays Darius Milhaud; Daniel Müller-Schott plays Francis Poulenc; and Jacqueline du Pre plays a Haydn concerto in a classic 1967 recording.