International Klaipėda cello festival

Date of the event:

2023 May 09

Start of the event:


Duration of the event:

3 hrs. (including one intermission)

Place of the event:

Klaipėda Concert Hall, Ground Floor Foyer


Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba, Italy)


Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites, BWV 1007–1012

Ticket price:

14 €

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Let’s get on with our discoveries in historical instrumentology! We will meet yet another great-grandmother of the modern cello – viola da gamba! The festival welcomes a unique personality, Paolo Pandolfo, an Italian string player who gives you the opportunity to hear the viola da gamba in the performance of all six cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach. Some of the most frequently performed solo compositions ever written for cello, each of the Bach‘s suites consist of the opening prelude, allemande, courante, sarabande, two minuets (or two bourrées, or two gavottes) and a final gigue. Music historians have called Bach’s cello suites “among the most profound of all classical music works,” and described them as “monophonic music wherein a man has created a dance of God.”

Pandolfo is probably the only person in the world to have released a CD of these suites performed specifically on viola da gamba. Combining creative and authentic approaches, Pandolfo not only reads Bach’s score, but also adds harmonies and accompanies himself on the seven-stringed viol, thus revealing the authentic sound of Bach’s time. His transcription, released in 2001 (Glossa), has been beyond its great success an important musical event and is a “must” in every complete Bach discography, along with such benchmarks as Glenn Gould’s or Gustav Leonhardt’s renderings of the Goldberg Variations or Anner Bylsma’s performances of the original cello suites.


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  • 50% off for schoolchildren, students, senior citizens and people with disabilities (appropriate cards to be shown);
  • 50% off for children under 7 years of age (admitted only to the educational programmes);
  • Admission free for persons in wheelchairs (appropriate cards to be shown ) and 50% off for one accompanying person;
  • 10% off for group bookings (20 and more tickets for one event);
  • 100% off for schoolchildren and students of the Klaipėda art schools (appropriate ID cards to be shown), which include: Klaipėda Stasys Šimkus Conservatory, Klaipėda Juozas Karosas Music School, Klaipėda Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium of Arts, Klaipėda Jeronimas Kačinskas Music School, Klaipėda Faculty of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Klaipėda Adomas Brakas School of Art. A transaction fee of € 1.20 is applied when purchasing tickets via the BILIETAI ticketing system.
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