Peter Martens to play Bach’s Six Cello Suites at Montpellier


SAMA, Fiësta and Woordtrofee award winning musician Peter Martens will be performing “Six suites for solo cello by JS Bach”, paired with six fine wines by Montpellier de Tulbagh as a specially created event experience, to be held at the scenic Montpellier Wine Estate in Tulbagh on September 24.

Martens is the only South African cellist to have released a commercial recording of all six Bach cello suites. The performance on the 24th will be the fourth at the wine farm since 2017. The performance will start at 12pm with the first suite accompanied by a beautifully light and sparkling bubbly. On the hour for each hour thereafter until 5pm, another sublime Bach suite accompanied by a tantalising wine will be introduced at a different location on the farm. The performance will end at 6pm. Patrons will also enjoy a selection of canapés throughout the afternoon.

The unique concept was inspired by two different events attended by Riëtte Eggink, musicologist and brand ambassador for Montpellier wines. Inspired by the stories of these events, the owner of Montpellier Wine Estate in Tulbagh, Lucas van Tonder (passionate about music himself), and acclaimed Martens were immediately enthusiastic about the idea of performing the Bach cello suites in the iconic little chapel (pictured above) surrounded by mountains and vineyards at Montpellier de Tulbagh, which is one of the six locations on the day of the concert.

  • Tickets are R600 per person (including wine and canapés)
  • Reservations: 082 334 4334
  • Accommodation, dinner & breakfast packages available
  • [email protected]

“Peter Martens brings aristocratic poise, poetry and rhythmic flexibility to the preludes. His courantes are generally fast and light and his sarabandes are profound and freely contemplative. Martens is playful in the gallantries, giving spring to the pairs of menuets in nos. 1 and 2, playing the bourées in mischievous vein and injecting the gavottes with a sense of fun.” Robin Stowell, Strad Magazine.

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