In Tune Bach interview Aug 2015

Gramophone Review

BBC Music Magazine Review

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Video: Beethoven Symphony no 5 i excerpt

Introducing Schumann 
Cello Concerto


Video: Bach Suites an Introduction

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A recent interview


Interview with Kate Molleson


RCS interview


About Scrapers and Tooters

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Bach Cello Suites
have won the
BBC Music Magazine Awards
Instrumental Category




Gramophone Awards

Baroque Instrumental Category







and has been listed in "the 50 greatest Bach recordings" by Gramophone


***and was in***


The Guardian

Best of Classical Music 2015

top 10 events

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The Herald's Classical CD of the Year 2015


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"Revelatory" BBC Music Magazine, Instrumental Choice

***** *****

"Definitive" The Guardian

"visionary" CD Review *****


and was Number 2 in the Official Charts!




"Hushed and flawless Bach..."

The Observer





'Familiar works these may be, but truly exploratory, technically refined and strongly personal performances – as here – can help us hear them anew. A triumph for David Watkin and the Resonus label.'



'This feels like the set I've been waiting years for... his performances are alive with a rare joy, effortless spontaneity, technical precision and imaginative fluency. There couldn't be a better testament to a remarkable musician'                                                        

  BBC Music Magazine - July Instrumental Choice



“There’s lightness, richness and warmth and a deep humanity that shines out of both Bach’s music and David Watkin’s absorbing traversal. Unplug the phones, switch off your mobile, let social media manage without you for 28 mins, it’s time for Bach…”

Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3, CD of the Week






"Using two historic instruments and playing on gut strings, David Watkin gives a definitive period instrument account of Bach’s six solo Cello Suites. It should be in any Bach lover’s collection. One can only marvel at Watkin’s range of colour, his elegance, his verve, variety and spontaneity – above all his understanding of line and pulse. He has long been one of the top cellists around, as soloist, quartet player and principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.... He will devote his energies, in part, to conducting... we can expect this phenomenal musician to make a mark on the podium too."

Fiona Maddocks The Guardian 19th July 2015


"Watkin really "gets" Bach and these Suites. There is a combination of scholarship, insight, experience and personal involvement which shines throughout and really allows Bach to speak to us." Sid Nuncius, on Amazon




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"He not only brings that dedicated scholarly view of
playing characterisitc of period instrument specialists, but he plays with such huge commitment.He is a great inspiration to me, 
especially in Mozart." 
Sir Charles Mackerras, BBC Music Magazine

"...admirable continuo and solo cellist and now also a conductor"
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Music in the Castle of Heaven


"Watkin's tastes are catholic....
[he has] a passionate belief in the juxtaposition of scholarship and musicianship
Grove Dictionary of Music


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