Revered to this day as the most talented cellist in history, Pau Casals started to record the Six Bach Cello Suites in 1936, the same year he was exiled from Spain, never to return. Amidst the tragedy of the civil war, exiled in the French Pyrenees, Casal’s interpretation of Bach’s cello music conveys yet hope and urgency alike. He rescues Bach’s suites from obscurity and thus makes a mark in music history.

In this Encore Live event, travel with us to Barcelona and Mediterranean France for this story of rediscovery as TM Javier Parrilla Guix discusses Casals’ incredible life, including his version of The Song of the Birds, which is often considered a symbol of Catalonia.

Watch Encore Live: Pau Casals and the Bach Cello Suites

We hope you enjoyed this week’s Encore Live! Although there is no event scheduled for next week, we’ll be back the following week for Encore Live: From Prague. Please join us on Tuesday, October 6th at 3:00 PM EST as we visit several incredible destinations including Liechtenstein Palace, Martin Hall, Žofín Palace, and Slavonic Island. We will also highlight performance opportunities for ensembles of all sizes.

We have additional Encore Live events prepared for the coming weeks, so please make sure to register for updates on future events! As always, if there are any topics or destinations you’d like to see covered, please don’t hesitate to let us know!


We are committed to providing musicians with resources that will make their lives easier and more enjoyable during these difficult times, so please email encoretours@acis.com with any questions or suggestions.

Contact the Encore Tours team with any questions or concerns about taking your musical ensemble to new places!

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