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Though individual Bach cello suites have long been a feature of Weilerstein’s programming, she deliberately waited until a few seasons ago to begin the daunting task of performing them as a complete set, and then spent another few years honing them in live performance before venturing into the studio. "The Bach cello suites present the player with infinite possibilities," she said. "Each note, each phrase, carries abundant varieties of expression and musical nuance. The suites are too rich with ideas, too full of subtleties, and too dense with the burden of history for any particular interpretation to be exhaustive, any particular choice definitive. All great pieces of music carry with them this sense of contradiction—they must be played, yet they can’t be played. Every expressive gesture both realizes and limits the intentions of the composer." BELOW: Bach's G major prelude has captivated cellists and music lovers for years. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein deconstructs it:
For this next “Fiddler’s Favorite’s” Episode we are going all the way to Zurich Switzerland to my friend Michael Salm, who graciously agreed to prepare his favorite comfort "Chili con Carne” recipe. His chili recipe is quick, easy and delicious - ENJOY! Comments (1)
Artist Relief Tree, a relief fund created for classical musicians affected by cancellations due to COVID-19.Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and other musicians including Emanuel Ax will hold a Virtual Benefit Concert at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. PT) on Saturday (April 4) to benefit the
"The whole purpose is to raise money for artists -- orchestra members whose entire livelihood has been put on hold, free-lance musicians, everyone struggling to keep going and make it during this unprecedented time," Pine said. "Like many people, I've been wanting to find a way to help, and this a is a great opportunity to both help people in need and also to share my music with the public, which I've missed doing for the last few weeks."
Besides Pine, other performers will include pianists Emanuel Ax and Jon Kimura Parker, singer J’Nai Bridges, clarinetist Anthony McGill, harpist Bridget Kibbey, and others, who are all donating their time to benefit their colleagues. They will be performing live from their homes.
For the concert, Pine will play a piece that she arranged last summer, a "A Day at the Ball Park," in which she created a piece out of snippets of music you might hear from the organ at a baseball game. She'll also play a version of Brahms' Lullaby by Albert Spalding. "There's nothing more comforting than a beloved lullaby," she said.Comments (2)
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