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post #46 of 111
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Originally Posted by NimnuL View Post

My recommendation bellow, I bet you'll love it. I just adore Yo-Yo Ma's works, but Goat Rodeo Sessions is a masterpiece.

 

Going to check this out tonight. I have this issue with Ma... I know, I can tell that he's an outstanding cellist... But I've really only heard his interpretations of classical pieces I'm otherwise familiar with, and have generally found them technically proficient to the fault of lacking emotion. His performance of one of my favorite pieces, for instance, the second, allegro scherzando movement of Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata in G Minor (Op. 19) (pf accompaniment Emanual Ax) just... lacks any feeling of scherzando, playfulness, to me. Maybe it's a restrained image of playfulness, appropriate for the era of the composition, but I just feel... very little when I listen to that performance. Compare to (and this is not my favorite performance either) Natalie Clein (pf accompaniment Charles Owen) which does not approach the technical proficiency, but offers so much heart.

 

Anyway, I know Ma has plenty to offer, but I haven't managed to break out and find it yet - I look forward to giving this one a listen.

post #47 of 111
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Going to check this out tonight. I have this issue with Ma... I know, I can tell that he's an outstanding cellist... But I've really only heard his interpretations of classical pieces I'm otherwise familiar with, and have generally found them technically proficient to the fault of lacking emotion. His performance of one of my favorite pieces, for instance, the second, allegro scherzando movement of Rachmaninov's Cello Sonata in G Minor (Op. 19) (pf accompaniment Emanual Ax) just... lacks any feeling of scherzando, playfulness, to me. Maybe it's a restrained image of playfulness, appropriate for the era of the composition, but I just feel... very little when I listen to that performance. Compare to (and this is not my favorite performance either) Natalie Clein (pf accompaniment Charles Owen) which does not approach the technical proficiency, but offers so much heart.

Anyway, I know Ma has plenty to offer, but I haven't managed to break out and find it yet - I look forward to giving this one a listen.

Interesting. I feel that way about almost very other cellist... Besides Ma. Starker, Casals (sometimes), Maisky. They're technical prowess leaves a desire for more emotion free I listen. Especially on the cello suites.
post #48 of 111
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Interesting. I feel that way about almost very other cellist... Besides Ma. Starker, Casals (sometimes), Maisky. They're technical prowess leaves a desire for more emotion free I listen. Especially on the cello suites.

I feel that way about Starker as well. But unlike Starker, I remain convinced that I'll find some Ma that I'm really drawn to one of these days. I really get the sense that he's capable of gripping me, I just haven't found the right pieces for him to do such with yet...

post #49 of 111
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I feel that way about Starker as well. But unlike Starker, I remain convinced that I'll find some Ma that I'm really drawn to one of these days. I really get the sense that he's capable of gripping me, I just haven't found the right pieces for him to do such with yet...
Heard the cello suites?
post #50 of 111
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Heard the cello suites?

I have heard them, but I do not own them, so what listening I have done has been comparatively limited. I generally reach for Rostropovich or Gastinel. Ma's is easy to come by — I should just pick up a copy anyway. 

 

Just flipped the 'Goat Rodeo Sessions' on Spotify, not so far in yet, but I'm feeling it…!

post #51 of 111

I recommend em. Goat rodeo: just plain fun!

post #52 of 111

Ugh gawd not what I need, xD my what.cd raitio is soon to be ruined lol, still I think I'd enjoy all of this <3 

post #53 of 111
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I recommend em. Goat rodeo: just plain fun!

The Goat Rodeo, as well as the Appalachian Waltz & Journey are making their way to me… I'll grab the suites on my next classical binge, but I still don't think they'll displace my Gastinels… ;)

post #54 of 111
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Originally Posted by brhfl View Post

The Goat Rodeo, as well as the Appalachian Waltz & Journey are making their way to me… I'll grab the suites on my next classical binge, but I still don't think they'll displace my Gastinels… ;)

Will do thanks! 

 

Really like Gastinel with Frederic Guy, the duo of Cello an Piano is golden! 


Edited by Mshenay - 8/4/13 at 6:05am
post #55 of 111

Oh crud, Goat Rodeo is very nice... and it makes me miss my Les Claypool solo albums [although he's a great Double Bassists, not quiete a cellist Dx] 

post #56 of 111
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

Really like Gastinel with Frederic Guy, the duo of Cello an Piano is golden! 

Definitely… If only they'd record the Rachmaninov sonatas, I'd be elated…

post #57 of 111

not traditional cello or even close, but the new okkyung lee album (ghil) is a phenomenal example of pushing a cello to it's limits.  not for the timid, or someone looking for beauty of any kind, but a lover of the instrument and the avant garde will probably adore this record.

post #58 of 111
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not traditional cello or even close, but the new okkyung lee album (ghil) is a phenomenal example of pushing a cello to it's limits.  not for the timid, or someone looking for beauty of any kind, but a lover of the instrument and the avant garde will probably adore this record.

Well I love strange twists on a classic instrument, again Les Claypool does some crazy stuff with a double bass, so any one who's taking on the the bassier classic wood strings and pushing it's limits is worth a listen! 

post #59 of 111

Let's discuss Ma again, shall we? ;)

 

I just discovered I had his performance of 'The Protecting Veil' alongside the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It's a solid performance, but I will say I prefer the original Isserlis recording (for whom the piece was written). However, Sony also commissioned an additional piece from Tavener for this recording, 'Wake up… and die.' The piece, for solo cello & cello ensemble, can be explained in typical Tavener fashion — it is supposed to be a representation of the paradoxical and palindromic spiritual awakening and the subsequent death of all that is not spiritual… or something. It's not the most typical of Tavener's minimalisms — it breaks often and starts anew, it constantly feels like it's taking you somewhere and then stopping, and starting at square one… never arriving. If that sounds awful, well just remember that it's a journey taken with a bunch of cellos, and in my opinion, it is a spectacular way to spend 19 minutes. Recorded (première, obviously) 1996/released 1998, available on Sony Classical: SK 62821.

post #60 of 111

My latest discovery, very enjoyable

 

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