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Kim Kashkashian Talks About the Bach Suites on Viola

Photo: Caterina Di Perri / ECM Records

Kim Kashkashian is an internationally known violist. Besides her performance schedule, she teaches at the New England Conservatory, and is Founder and President of the project Music for Food. She recently released an album featuring Bach’s six cello suites, played on viola. Bach’s fondness for the viola is well documented and the instrument played an important role in many of his works.

Kim talked with me about this recording and the differences you'll hear with the viola, being one octave higher than the cello. I hope you enjoy our discussion and you can check out sound clips from the release here.

Yours in good music,Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, WCVE Music