Bach Cello Suites Awards!
09 Apr 2016
Released in the spring of 2015, David Watkin's outstanding recording of J.S. Bach's Cello Suites (RES10147) has now become a multiple award-winning disc with the receipt of a 2016 BBC Music Magazine Award in the Instrumental category. Following the great accolade of a Gramophone Award in the Baroque Instrumental category in 2015, it was a great honour to be nominated for this award, the winner of which was decided entirely by a public vote. David received the award in a ceremony at King's Place in London - the award was presented by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who gave an inspiring speech about David's incredible artistry as a musician. This was the first occasion where a cellist has won the Instrumental category at the BBC Music Magazine Awards.
The citation for the BBC Music Magazine award nomination reads as follows:
'It’s very hard to put into words why this recording is so special. One of the finest Baroque cellists at last commits to disc great works he’s lived with for many years, knowing as he does so that these are his last recordings (Watkin suffers from a chronic skin condition relating to his fingers, preventing him from playing). This is inspirational solo Bach of the highest order, intimate and exalted, and it’s a profoundly moving achievement.'