This Saturday, February 4th at 2pm in Pierce Hall, come hear the...

Preparatory School - Fri, 2017-02-03 17:19


This Saturday, February 4th at 2pm in Pierce Hall, come hear the Advanced Piano Seminar I students perform works by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. From the famous Danzas Argentinas to the lesser-known Twelve American Preludes, experience Ginastera’s use of bitonality and exciting rhythms in this concert of the Contemporary Festival! Pictured is Steven Chen performing the war-like prelude, “Homenaje a Roberto Garcia Morillo”. #necpreppianoseminars #contemporaryfestival2017
(at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

This Saturday, February 4th at 2pm in Pierce Hall, come hear the...

Preparatory School - Fri, 2017-02-03 17:19


This Saturday, February 4th at 2pm in Pierce Hall, come hear the Advanced Piano Seminar I students perform works by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. From the famous Danzas Argentinas to the lesser-known Twelve American Preludes, experience Ginastera’s use of bitonality and exciting rhythms in this concert of the Contemporary Festival! Pictured is Steven Chen performing the war-like prelude, “Homenaje a Roberto Garcia Morillo”. #necpreppianoseminars #contemporaryfestival2017
(at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is fast approaching! Today we...

Preparatory School - Fri, 2017-02-03 17:00


The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is fast approaching! Today we are featuring student composer and tuba player, Benjamin Romanov. Hear his work and other fantastic compositions from 10:30am-4pm this Sunday at Horticultural Hall!

Ben, 16 years old in February, is a versatile musician. In addition to being involved at NEC Prep on Saturdays, he’s also principal tuba and bass trombone for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sundays! He also plays in Newton South High School’s jazz band and their honors jazz combo group. Ben also is a bass guitarist with a rock band and he’s playing percussion/Latin bongos in this year’s musical production of “Rent.” He is often heard playing flugelhorn, piano, and of course intensely studying composition. While Ben believes the tuba to be a solo instrument (F tuba), he’s
also presently working on the Shostakovich 1 piano concerto. Ben sings and acts in musicals and runs track at school each year, and he rides a unicycle.
#necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers #unicylcingisawesome
http://necmusic.edu/event/16764 (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is fast approaching! Today we...

Preparatory School - Fri, 2017-02-03 17:00


The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is fast approaching! Today we are featuring student composer and tuba player, Benjamin Romanov. Hear his work and other fantastic compositions from 10:30am-4pm this Sunday at Horticultural Hall!

Ben, 16 years old in February, is a versatile musician. In addition to being involved at NEC Prep on Saturdays, he’s also principal tuba and bass trombone for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sundays! He also plays in Newton South High School’s jazz band and their honors jazz combo group. Ben also is a bass guitarist with a rock band and he’s playing percussion/Latin bongos in this year’s musical production of “Rent.” He is often heard playing flugelhorn, piano, and of course intensely studying composition. While Ben believes the tuba to be a solo instrument (F tuba), he’s
also presently working on the Shostakovich 1 piano concerto. Ben sings and acts in musicals and runs track at school each year, and he rides a unicycle.
#necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers #unicylcingisawesome
http://necmusic.edu/event/16764 (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

On Inspiration for The Caulfield Suite, by Audrey Wu, NEC Prep...

Preparatory School - Thu, 2017-02-02 23:38


On Inspiration for The Caulfield Suite, by Audrey Wu, NEC Prep student composer. Check out her works and many others this weekend at the NEC Prep Contemporary Festival! http://necmusic.edu/event/16765

As some may be able to guess from the title, much of my inspiration for this piano suite came from J.D. Salinger’s widely-known novel The Catcher in the Rye, which I read in English class this fall. Although conversations about the book within the classroom as well as world-wide have been and most likely will continue to be controversial, I find discussion around the story compelling and influential to my music. My intention of the piece was to depict certain moments in the book that struck me, and to illustrate a sort of “backwards” demonstration of Holden’s struggle with childhood and adulthood. As for the formatting, specifically adding memorable quotes to introduce each movement, I was inspired by The Orphée Suite by Philip Glass, which I highly recommend taking some time to listen to. #studentcomposersforthewin #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #2017contemporaryfestival (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

On Inspiration for The Caulfield Suite, by Audrey Wu, NEC Prep...

Preparatory School - Thu, 2017-02-02 23:38


On Inspiration for The Caulfield Suite, by Audrey Wu, NEC Prep student composer. Check out her works and many others this weekend at the NEC Prep Contemporary Festival! http://necmusic.edu/event/16765

As some may be able to guess from the title, much of my inspiration for this piano suite came from J.D. Salinger’s widely-known novel The Catcher in the Rye, which I read in English class this fall. Although conversations about the book within the classroom as well as world-wide have been and most likely will continue to be controversial, I find discussion around the story compelling and influential to my music. My intention of the piece was to depict certain moments in the book that struck me, and to illustrate a sort of “backwards” demonstration of Holden’s struggle with childhood and adulthood. As for the formatting, specifically adding memorable quotes to introduce each movement, I was inspired by The Orphée Suite by Philip Glass, which I highly recommend taking some time to listen to. #studentcomposersforthewin #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #2017contemporaryfestival (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

NEC Prep is very excited for our upcoming Contemporary Festival...

Preparatory School - Thu, 2017-02-02 23:28


NEC Prep is very excited for our upcoming Contemporary Festival this weekend Feb 3-5, 2017! Composer Judd Greenstein will be in residence, and many student compositions will also be featured! Today we would like to introduce another of our student composers, Bram Fisher, who tells us about his experiences and standout moments as a young composer. Check out one of Bram’s latest works, “Concert Music,” this Saturday Feb 4th at 12pm in NEC’s Jordan Hall! The work will be performed by NEC Prep Youth Symphony Orchestra directed by Steven Karidoyanes.
Bram Fisher, 16, has been composing and improvising since he was six years old. He currently studies composition with Rodney Lister in the NEC Preparatory School, where he also studies viola and clarinet and plays viola in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a four-time finalist of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition (2012-2015) and in 2016 was designated an Emerging Composer in the Tribeca New Music Competition and a finalist in the National Young Composers Challenge. He has spent many summers playing chamber music at the Greenwood Music Camp and lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts! #necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers
#studentcomposersforthewin #necprepyouthsymphony #jordanhall (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

NEC Prep is very excited for our upcoming Contemporary Festival...

Preparatory School - Thu, 2017-02-02 23:28


NEC Prep is very excited for our upcoming Contemporary Festival this weekend Feb 3-5, 2017! Composer Judd Greenstein will be in residence, and many student compositions will also be featured! Today we would like to introduce another of our student composers, Bram Fisher, who tells us about his experiences and standout moments as a young composer. Check out one of Bram’s latest works, “Concert Music,” this Saturday Feb 4th at 12pm in NEC’s Jordan Hall! The work will be performed by NEC Prep Youth Symphony Orchestra directed by Steven Karidoyanes.
Bram Fisher, 16, has been composing and improvising since he was six years old. He currently studies composition with Rodney Lister in the NEC Preparatory School, where he also studies viola and clarinet and plays viola in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a four-time finalist of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition (2012-2015) and in 2016 was designated an Emerging Composer in the Tribeca New Music Competition and a finalist in the National Young Composers Challenge. He has spent many summers playing chamber music at the Greenwood Music Camp and lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts! #necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers
#studentcomposersforthewin #necprepyouthsymphony #jordanhall (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

We hope you’ll join us for this very special recital dedicated...

Preparatory School - Thu, 2017-02-02 23:17


We hope you’ll join us for this very special recital dedicated to Midori Tanabe, former teacher of prep piano faculty member Mana Tokuno. Here Mana describes the impact Ms. Tanabe has had on her life and musical growth:
People say that music reflects oneself. But, I also think that music forms who we are. What she taught me years ago through each piano lesson has shaped the last couple decades of my life, and I am certain that her teaching will continue to grow and mature through the rest of my life. And, I wish that I could pass on her legacy to my audience and students. I thank you for joining me to share these moments to pay tribute to her.
The concert is this Sunday February 5th at 8pm in Jordan Hall.
http://necmusic.edu/event/16626. #necfreeconcerts #inspirationalteachers (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

We hope you’ll join us for this very special recital dedicated...

Preparatory School - Thu, 2017-02-02 23:17


We hope you’ll join us for this very special recital dedicated to Midori Tanabe, former teacher of prep piano faculty member Mana Tokuno. Here Mana describes the impact Ms. Tanabe has had on her life and musical growth:
People say that music reflects oneself. But, I also think that music forms who we are. What she taught me years ago through each piano lesson has shaped the last couple decades of my life, and I am certain that her teaching will continue to grow and mature through the rest of my life. And, I wish that I could pass on her legacy to my audience and students. I thank you for joining me to share these moments to pay tribute to her.
The concert is this Sunday February 5th at 8pm in Jordan Hall.
http://necmusic.edu/event/16626. #necfreeconcerts #inspirationalteachers (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

B A C H S U I T E S – by Colin Carr

Cello Bello Blog - Thu, 2017-02-02 15:17

Bowings, beats, bass, bowings and fingerings fit together, bow distribution, bible?
Articulation and Anna Magdelena
Chords, cadences. common themes within each suite, comfort?
Harmony, harmonics?

Slurs, scales, sequences, spontaneity
Understanding direction of phrases. Up bow or down bow?
Intonation
Tension from dissonance. tempo choices, trills
Extremes?
Surprise

I was asked to choose a Bach related topic for this live Facebook chat, but I couldn’t think of justone. Instead I thought I would try to cover as many issues as I can think of, using this (gimmicky) chart as a starting point. I will talk about each of the sub-headings, and in doing so hope to answer a lot of questions before they have been asked!

I have been playing and teaching the suites all my life. There have been countless performances, single suites in recitals, three suites in a concert, and often all six in one day. So it may come as a surprise that, whilst loving this music and feeling intimately connected, I will offer the provocative and (for a cellist) heretical premise that the Bach Suites are not the deepest, most profound music that the great man wrote. Sure the 5th and 6th are more complex and substantial, but the “cello bible” notion doesn’t ring true for me. It is in fact the simplest of music that requires easy listening from its audience and easy playing from its performer. The catch is that there is a tremendous amount of hard work that must go into the easy playing. One thing is for sure: the music doesn’t play itself. It is in constant need of the imagination and vision of its player, now more than ever, without which it struggles to come to life.

Anna Magdalena Bach helps us on our way in this respect. My infatuation with AMB began long ago when I realized I was bored by my Bach playing. With AMB there is never a dull moment, she challenges us to think beyond the notes, to extend our right hand expertise, and to live in a spirit of improvisation. I will explore this more in the chat when discussing use of the bow and many of the other topics, but I will say here that the issue of bowings is not limited to decisions of whether to play up bow or down bow, or how many notes to slur. It is much more complicated: varying the amount of bow to feel the direction of a phrase, varying the contact point as a reaction to different chords, particularly with reference to dissonance, tension and resolution, deciding in which part of the bow to play, defining the meaning of a slur (more than just the number of notes in a bow), and above all, takings risks!

Comfort is another important issue. Comfort is both friend and foe. We don’t play well unless we are comfortable, but we make too many artistic sacrifices in the name of comfort. To give just one small example, the need to have every main beat begin on a down bow is very limiting. That’s the beauty of the first bar of the first prelude in AMB’s hand where the middle of the bar falls on an up bow. And from there it never ends!

Many of the topics are related and ideas about one will answer questions about another. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed thinking about it.

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Come hear students from the Intermediate Piano Seminar perform...

Preparatory School - Wed, 2017-02-01 22:32


Come hear students from the Intermediate Piano Seminar perform works by Seymour Bernstein and Diane Goolkasian Rahbee’s dynamic Toccata in Pierce Hall this Saturday, February 4th at 2pm. Be inspired by Bernstein’s beautiful melodies and accurate portrayals of an array of birds, insects, and animals.
Pictured is Mr. Rivera coaching Anna Milevskaya on Bernstein’s “The Seagull,” which uses the fist to imitate the seagull’s scream! #2017contemporaryfestival #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #necprep #mrriveraspianoseminarsrock (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

Come hear students from the Intermediate Piano Seminar perform...

Preparatory School - Wed, 2017-02-01 22:32


Come hear students from the Intermediate Piano Seminar perform works by Seymour Bernstein and Diane Goolkasian Rahbee’s dynamic Toccata in Pierce Hall this Saturday, February 4th at 2pm. Be inspired by Bernstein’s beautiful melodies and accurate portrayals of an array of birds, insects, and animals.
Pictured is Mr. Rivera coaching Anna Milevskaya on Bernstein’s “The Seagull,” which uses the fist to imitate the seagull’s scream! #2017contemporaryfestival #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #necprep #mrriveraspianoseminarsrock (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

The Highlight of My Musical Year by Forrest Eimold: The NEC Prep...

Preparatory School - Wed, 2017-02-01 08:35


The Highlight of My Musical Year by Forrest Eimold:
The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is without a doubt one of my favorite things about NEC. I’m as excited as ever for it this year, and most of my work for this 27th year of the festival will be done with the piano quintet in which I play. We’ll be playing three pieces of new music:
• Michael Finnissy’s Grieg-Quintettsatz. This half-hour piece is an amazing tour-de-force of compositional technique, where the composer takes his own completion of an unfinished Grieg piano quintet and gradually melts it into his own “modern,” florid musical language. There are two sections where no rhythm is discernible (there are glissandos in the strings and grace notes in the piano), which have required quite a bit of rehearsal to bring up to speed. As our coach Rodney tells us, “count out loud in your head.”
• Bram Fisher’s Music Box. Bram is the violist in my piano quintet, and it is such a privilege to be able to play his own piece with him. The piece is magical: arpeggiated figures and throbbing beats are structural bookends for stalactitic lines in the middle. My favorite part of the work is the surreal ending, where the music molts into something decidedly different; the effect is unsettling, haunting.
• My own piece, Madonna. The work is based almost entirely off of works by other composers and poets, e.g. Dickinson, Fauré, Gershwin, Hildegard of Bingen, Mahler, Mallarmé, and Obrecht. My intention in writing the piece was to create something which sounded like my other compositions while writing almost none of the same notes.

Today’s youth do perform today’s music, thanks to the amazing work of NEC.
Thank you,
Forrest Eimold
#necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers
#studentcomposersforthewin (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is only a few days away, and...

Preparatory School - Wed, 2017-02-01 08:32


The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is only a few days away, and we are getting ready to showcase all the incredible work our Resident Composer Judd Greenstein, as well as what many student composers have done! One student composer whose work will be featured in concert during the Festival is Forrest Eimold, who shares his vast experience composing , performing, and working with incredible artists:
Forrest Eimold, 17, has gained acclaim for his performances of the works of Olivier Messiaen; last January marked the completion of his multi-year project of learning and performing the nearly 5-hours’ worth of the composer’s post-war organ works. He has worked with such living composers as Michael Finnissy, John Harbison, Julian Wachner, and Judith Weir. He has been featured on NPR’s From the Top with Christopher O’Riley in Atlanta, Georgia. Forrest studies composition, piano, and chamber music at NEC Prep with Larry Bell, Marc Ryser, and Rodney Lister, respectively; he attends the school’s Saturday music program on a scholarship from the Max Reger Foundation of America, having received their Ambassador Award. He plays in Duo 404 with violinist Sasha Yakub, which recently performed Feldman’s concert length work For John Cage. He is Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square. As a composer, Forrest has written multiple concert-length works, including his 70-minute chamber Requiem, premiered in July 2016. For composition, he has twice been a National YoungArts Honorable Mention winner and has been a finalist twice in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards competition! (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

J. B. Clancy The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is coming up...

Preparatory School - Wed, 2017-02-01 08:23


J. B. Clancy

The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is coming up next week, Feb. 3-5, 2017! Composer Judd Greenstein will be in residence and also many student compositions will be featured! Our next featured student composer is John Barron Clancy, who shares his experiences composing and performing his own compositions:

Barron Clancy has been taking violin lessons with NEC Prep faculty Susan Jarvis for six years. He is currently playing with Peter Jarvis’ 8 am String Training Orchestra (STO) and with Milton’s Pierce Middle School orchestra and chamber orchestra, led by Debra Thoresen. Barron has been studying Composition at NEC with Rodney Lister for the past year.

In addition to writing music for class, Barron arranged Concerning Hobbits (by Howard Shore, from Lord of the Rings) for string orchestra last year, with input from his teachers along the way. The Milton High School chamber orchestra, conducted by Ms. Thoresen, played his arrangement at their spring concert and invited Barron to play the piece with them.

Barron spends much of his free time composing. He adapted a Rondo from his composition class as a wedding gift for family friends who play oboe and cello. They learned it and played it for him - which was much better than hearing it on Finale playback.

One of Barron’s favorite memories include meeting Boston Pops conductor, Keith Lockhart, at a Joslin Diabetes fundraiser reception at the Pops – he was coming from a composition lesson and Maestro Lockhart took some time to look at Barron’s work with him. Check out some of Barron’s works this upcoming weekend Feb 3-5, 2017!! #necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers #studentcomposersforthewin (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

Follow our blog as we prepare for the NEC Prep Contemporary...

Preparatory School - Wed, 2017-01-25 11:40


Follow our blog as we prepare for the NEC Prep Contemporary Festival Feb 3rd-5th, 2017! Composer Judd Greenstein will be in residence and also many student compositions will be featured! Stay tuned the next two weeks to learn about our student composers and their experiences and sources of inspiration leading up to the festival. Today’s featured composer is NEC Prep student, Audrey Wu! Audrey Wu, Composer:

Audrey Wu is currently a freshman at The Winsor School in Boston, Massachusetts. She is passionate about all types of music, ranging from punk-rock to French impressionism to world music to minimalism. She had started composing about two years ago, and has recently been enjoying focusing more time on it and taking lessons at the New England Conservatory. She has been studying piano for nine years now. Last summer, she attended the Montecito International Music Festival in Los Angeles, California. This semester, she has recently taken up percussion lessons at NEC. She also enjoys musical theater and writing in her free time! #necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers

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Huffington College - Tue, 2017-01-24 13:05
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CelloBello Launches an All-New Website

Cello Bello Blog - Mon, 2017-01-23 13:18

Welcome to the All-New CelloBello! 

We are thrilled to finally unveil this classy new website; more beautiful, more versatile, and more flexible than we ever imagined possible. Seven years of growth necessitated a move from CelloBello’s original digs to a roomier and more updated new home. We are certain that you will enjoy the dazzling graphics, mobile friendly layout, and all of the many new lessons, master classes, interviews, and substantive new content of this site.

Please take a self-guided tour through all sections, and familiarize yourself with the layout and navigation. The website is now mobile friendly, and will conform to your smart phone or tablet screen, making it easier than ever to take it into a practice room and keep it next to you as an educational resource as you work. And we have a new global, site-wide search function that will pull related material together for you. Try entering “Bach” in the search box, for example, and you will be shown literally dozens of recordings, lessons, master classes, interviews, and blogs, accumulated over the past several years.

To celebrate this opening, we have released 11 new videos full of wonderful advice and information from Robert deMaine, Paul Katz, Yo-Yo Ma, Marcy Rosen, and Alisa Weilerstein. And we have much more on its way! We will give you a few days to digest these lessons, master classes, and interviews, and then begin sharing additional material!

You can read about our Bach Celebration in CelloNews. We began last week with a livestream of Pieter Wispelwey performing all six Bach Suites live from Amsterdam, and a CelloChat on Bach with Paul Katz. This week we have a live-streamed class on Thursday, and a CelloChat on Sunday on the Bach cello suites with Laurence Lesser. The Bach Celebration will continue in future weeks with Colin Carr, Antonio Lysy, and Inbal Segev. And be sure to read their articles on Bach in CelloBlogs as well!

CelloBello has a huge amount of content to integrate and so we expect some inevitable bugs that we will need to work out over the next couple of weeks. We would appreciate a quick email from you if you experience problems or notice something that is not working. Please help us by writing to webmaster@cellobello.com.

I am immensely grateful for the Team CelloBello staff – Jussi, Clare, Danny, Elana, and Michelle. We are also fortunate to have found the brilliant Paul Boivin and Blink-Tech, who have given us devoted web design and computer expertise for this educational project at bargain prices. Above all, this new website is thanks to my amazing web-master, Jussi. Jussi’s technical and organizational skills, tasteful and sensitive sense of aesthetics, and iron-willed work ethic, have guided this entire project over the course of many months.

My thanks to all the amazing artists and pedagogues who volunteer their time to contribute their knowledge and artistic perceptions, and to the many thousands of cellists and cello-lovers who frequent CelloBello; it is your enthusiasm, loyalty, and support that make this all possible.

In a world so fraught with division, it is immensely satisfying to be able to foster something of beauty and collaboration on an international scale. I like to think that CelloBello serves as a tiny example of what can be accomplished by people who value cooperation, have an interest in and tolerance for a broad range of differing ideas, and the desire to openly share their knowledge and expertise. This adventure continues to enrich my life, and I thank you all!

Sincerely,

Paul Katz

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CelloBello’s Celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Cello Suites of J.S. Bach

Cello Bello Blog - Mon, 2017-01-23 12:56

The six solo suites of J.S. Bach (composed 1717–1723) are so central to the life of every cellist, young and old, amateur and professional, that we don’t really need an anniversary year to celebrate them. Yet, while historians are unable to tell us in precisely which years they were written, many feel it’s possible that Bach began composing them exactly 300 years ago, in the year 1717.

The wildest science fiction of Bach’s day could never have predicted the Internet, that the music of this modest composer in the little German town of Cöthen would be revered and celebrated worldwide with livestreamed concerts, CelloChats, master classes and blogs.

But that is exactly what we are doing on CelloBello!  Nothing could be more central to a website devoted to the cello, than the celebration and substantive discussion of these enduring masterpieces.

LAURENCE LESSER STREAMED MASTER CLASS ON BACH
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4 pm
on Facebook Live

Lesser has devoted much of his artistic life to the study, teaching, performing and recording of Bach. He approaches performance with reverence, intelligence, life-long inquiry, and an innate musical talent. You don’t want to miss his streamed master class and CelloChat sessions this week.

A few of his thoughts on Bach:

“When anyone approaches the Bach Cello Suites, it’s natural to begin thinking about a “correct” way to play them. My teacher, Gregor Piatigorsky, used to say: “Never play for the cellists in the audience – they always have a different idea.”  Start that instead with “Never play Bach for . . .” and life gets even harder! Like every young cellist of my generation, I was very influenced by the recordings of Pablo Casals.  How could I not be?  He was considered the “greatest” cellist of his day.  And how could one deny the performances of an artist who always convinced you, at least as long as his sounds were in your ears.  I was lucky enough to play the d minor suite for him in 1961 and his ideas made a big impression on me. But as I became a professional musician, there was a wonderful new and fresh voice speaking through his playing about the Suites – Anner Bylsma.  I am very lucky to have become his friend – and his ideas continue to stimulate me immeasurably.  The Suites haunt me and are astonishingly deep and wonderful messages from a great master.”

 

CELLOCHATS AND BLOGS ON BACH 
Each of our Chat Hosts – Laurence Lesser, Colin Carr, Antonio Lysy and Inbal Segev – are also contributing in the week of their chat,  companion articles on Bach – be sure to read them in CelloBlog!

 

FIVE SPECIAL CHATS CELEBRATING THE CELLO SUITES OF J.S. BACH
Sundays, 8pm ET

January 29
“Bowings in Bach – A Topic That Never Goes Away!”
LAURENCE LESSER
New England Conservatory

February 5
“Decision Making in Bach, What’s Important?”
COLIN CARR
Stony Brook University, St. John’s College Oxford

February 12
“If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Break It”
INBAL SEGEV
Amerigo Trio

February 19
“The Bach Suites as You Have Never SEEN Them Before”
ANTONIO LYSY
University of California, Los Angeles

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