Alisa Weilerstein’s rhapsodic, romantic take on Bach’s solo cello suites

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Alisa Weilerstein (photo by Decca / Harald Hoffmann)

Johann Sebastian Bach, The Complete Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

Bach’s monumental set of Six Suites for Solo Cello, while universally regarded with great reverence, are nonetheless works that require bold artistic choices and interpretive daring to bring to life. On Sunday at the UDC Theater of the Arts, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein fearlessly met that challenge, offering a highly individual and romantic reading of the complete cycle in a marathon, three-hour recital.

Weilerstein, 34, has made her mark in the romantic repertory, and her solo Bach bore the unmistakable stamp of that tradition…

Read the full review here (Washington Post, October 17, 2016).