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  1. 10 hours ago, Bill Merkel said:

    I guess the attitude was happy to be playing at all.  From what I can tell from afar things are back to normal. 

    That’s exactly right. Being a Radio Orchestra, we were lucky to be able to play and record. Opera houses didn’t have this luxury.

  2. I would like to recommend our latest album. It was recorded during the Covid times, in which we as musicians had to perform alone at the stand, with a distance of 2,5 meters between us. It was a tense time that coupled well with this Programme. Enjoy!


  3. To even get to a mindset, one needs to follow certain steps:

    1. Have a space dedicated for practice only.

    2. Turn all electronics off (except the iPad if used)

    3. Have a well defined technical routine — Open strings, Scales, Arpeggios/Doublestops 

    4. After solving technical aspects of the piece (fingerings, bowings, dynamics, phrasing), play it many times through, just like on the stage.

    (optional) Use a timer, e.g. 50 minutes at a time, plus a 10 minute break

  4. I have been trying around 12 Cellos in the past years from Vuillaume and have been very surprised with the difference in quality of sound between them. It seems like his Cellos either have a neutral, unidirectional and nasal sound, or quite impressively powerful and full of color. In my cello group in the orchestra we also have two and they are both quite different in quality, but the making is gorgeous in both. Why is this the case? I could never understand. 
    I also noticed that they almost always benefit from a French bridge, whereas the Belgian bridge  makes the usual Vuillaume lose precious core and dynamic flexibility in playing. I have a friend who prefers playing his modern Ersen Aycan instead of the Vuillaume, saying that he is tired of always not managing to modulate the sound.

  5. 5 hours ago, palousian said:

    The peculiar end to the fingerboard is similar in both celli, but not the same, for what that's worth. 

    cello2.jpg.a0d070d2cda5fb79e7f4b6799da2453e.jpg  cello1.jpg.92d22e5a85aee86625c3344ddb104bf1.jpg


    7 hours ago, martin swan said:

    It's also a very quirky model with very narrow upper bouts - I would hope there aren't 2 in existence ...

    Your nightmare might be true, unless they put on a different fingerboard.

  6. 51 minutes ago, matesic said:

    Maybe if they'd just stop pretending to be Wayne and Garth and find another schtick.

    Who cares about that though? They are bringing classical music to a much wider audience than you and me. The same thing happened when people started complaining about Andre Rieu and his shenanigans. As long as more people get education and access to the world of classical music, I’m fine with it.

  7. 12 hours ago, duane88 said:

    If they sound better to you, then they have value. Not every instrument responds to a Pernambuco tailpiece, not every player likes what they do, if anything.

    They already have a monetary higher value regardless of my opinion. I’m trying to find out if that objective value translates into better acoustics.

  8. I had the privilege to perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under his baton in February 2019, together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. There were two performances and we all knew that this would be the last time to see him conduct, as he already announced his retirement. Rest In Peace!

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