Cello Suites
Johann Sebastian Bach

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Down 21. Lowest position since 2007. 8th of Bach's 11 entries.

Rarely has a composer managed to pare his music down to its absolute essence as Bach did in his six Cello Suites. Perhaps there are three reasons for this: one, we're dealing with a genius composer; two, their solo nature forcing Bach to astound his listener with clever and sometimes fiendishly difficult ways of maximising the instrument; and three, the fact that the cello is often considered the nearest instrument to the human voice. It somehow captures the feeling of exposed honesty, of complete naturalness, as the greatest voices do.