As historical instruments go, interest at auction ranges from the prestige of an instrument's previous owner to the mileage of the instrument itself. Recently, a weathered and war-weary cello that belonged to a fallen soldier was, at auction, sold for £6,000. The cello had survived traveling to the south of Africa during the 19th Century's bloody Anglo-Zulu Wars.
The album's stirring mix of imagery, techniques, atmospheres and rhythms speaks to a level of creative ambition worthy of the cellist's virtuosity, perhaps not surprising in a veteran of the Kronos Quartet's musical adventures.
To put across these richly emotional works of Bach on a plucked instrument, Hopkinson Smith has chosen the bass lute known as the German theorbo.
The actress talks about how it's done today: 'taking my head and putting it on another body of someone playing.'
Worst. Technique. Ever!