"The arrival of the cello and cellists in the 20th century was lustrous and vivid. At the beginning of the century, Pablo Casals discovered anew the unique solo suites of Johann Sebastian Bach, leading to a turning point in music history. The wondrous sound and masterful lines of the suites have inspired practically all modern-day composers who have written for the cello, including Zoltán Kodály, Gaspar Cassadó and Pēteris Vasks. The compositions included on this CD have always been dear to me in the general musical context but also specifically in terms of the cello. They differ in character and style, but they are united in their great inner strength and overflowing energy. Irrespective of the date, place and socio-political circumstances of the music’s origin, the spark to compose for solo cello caught all three composers during the maximalism of youth. Isn’t that beautiful? It is a genuine joy and positive challenge to delve into and discover the artistic depth of these compositions. When I play their music, I reveal my innermost feelings and experience great happiness."