We met at the entrance to the neo-classical building on New Cavendish Street, London. While we walked up its spiral staircase, I admired the richly varied but soft light inside the beautiful building. Looking ever so distinguished, Roman Jablonski welcomed me into one of the rooms and introduced to his elegant cello, made in 1692 by Giovanni Grancino, the Milanese instrument-maker.
We talked a little about the instrument and then Roman Jablonski settled down to play one of Bach’s cello suites. It seemed only natural that the marble fireplace surround should form a structural frame for the composition. This static background was like a calm base within which an ephemeral music could flow.
I kneeled down low, listening intently to the melody, waiting for the clue from his movement. When it came, I pressed the shutter button.