A Struggle Against Darkness in Bach's Second Cello Suite

Cellist Pieter Wispelwey joins host Brian McCreath on The Bach Hour to introduce one of the composer's most challenging - and rewarding - works for solo cello, and Masaaki Suzuki directs the Cantata No. 87.

On the program:

Aria variata in A minor (Italian Variations), BWV 989 (arr. Tim Jackson) - Alison Balsom, trumpet;  Alistair Ross, harpsichord

Cantata BWV 87 Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen (translation) - Robin Blaze, counter-tenor;  Makoto Sakurada, tenor;  Peter Kooij, bass;  Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo cello, BWV 1008 - Pieter Wispelwey, cello