For our first outside listening post of 2017, here are some good wishes in the form of Haydn C major concerto, 1st movement. Brendan Goh (you might remember him from here) plays this piece in an uncomplicated and straight-ahead manner, with an open and sweet sound. I hope the new year is just as simple and […]
I didn’t know about Laura Mvula until NPR Music introduced me to her–seems to be a recurring theme. The cello is not the star here, but nonetheless plays a simple and beautiful supporting role on these original ballads.
The Berlin Philharmonic is regarded as one of the world’s top orchestras, so it comes as no surprise that they would also possess a cello section of incredible talent and depth. The fact that the section has become its own critically-acclaimed ensemble is really quite unique. As for this combo of Faure’s Pavane sung by […]
For the final post of the Bach 1 series, I bring you many cellists playing the Prelude all together, in Brazil, on the subway. Not sure how they pulled this off, but it’s dope.
On September 7 2015, Yo-Yo Ma delivered a performance of all 6 Bach Suites to an audience of 5,000 at the BBC Proms–no breaks, no intermission, nobody else on the program. You can hear the entire performance here, see it here, here, here, here & here, and read about it here. As if performing 2+ hours of music weren’t enough […]
Besides possessing a totally enviable alliterative name, Mischa Maisky has an approach to Bach that makes me think of the creation of a Zen rock garden. His bow arm floats with absolute calm, his gestures are calculated yet still natural and visually appealing; everything is done with mindfulness, precision, and economy of motion. Like Bylsma and Gutman, he gives some cheeky […]
I was not familiar with Natalia Gutman until I saw this video, but I really enjoy the purity of her phrasing, the simplicity of her tone, and how she moves about the fingerboard with such a sense of assuredness. You’ll notice that she uses an endpin, but prefers a Baroque bow hold like Anner Bylsma. If we put […]
…and now for something completely different. Different from Anner Bylsma, that is. To my ears, Rostropovich’s interpretation of Bach 1 is lush, modern, kind of matter-of-fact, and no-nonsense.
Our first installment in the Bach series is Dutch cellist Anner Bylsma. A few unique features of his interpretation: Baroque bow, Baroque cello (no endpin), very little vibrato, lots of open strings, and a tempo that is generally slower than what many other modern cellists choose.
Rudolf Matz was a Croatian cellist/teacher/composer who wrote over 500 musical works. This performance of his cello quartet was given in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where every year artists from all over the world gather to celebrate Croatian and Eastern European music. Stay tuned for another video featuring the last two movements.