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Inbal Segev - Bach Cello Suites / The Epoch Times

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It was on her mind for at least 20 years. Inbal Segev had been preparing, practicing, gearing herself up to consummate her musical career by climbing what she called "the Mount Everest for cellists." Recording J. S. Bach's complete cello suites constitutes the pinnacle of her internal journey as an artist so far. The Bach Cello Suites are so challenging because, as Segev said, they are so simple and yet complex, so structured and yet so free. It is something that any great cellist is expected to accomplish.

Segev trained in a 19th and 20th century-centric style. Despite her precise technique, like a thoroughbred racing horse, she had to abort her first try at recording the suites when the sound engineer gave her some truthful feedback-he sensed she was conflicted inside. Talking about it now, after finally reaching the summit of her Mt. Everest, she reflected on her life and musical career from the comfort of her spacious Upper East Side apartment. Slightly laughing at herself, she said she still tears up a bit when she remembers her first attempt. "There was so much pressure in succeeding," she said, yet after years of painstaking research, preparation and practice, she still wasn't ready.   READ THE FULL Epoch Times ARTICLE