Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Tashi Post by Tom Edskes Post by Jackson K. Eskew
I totally agree with you Tom. Bylsma is the best. Maisky's
performance is too dry and academic, and his cello sounds scratchy has
no depth of tone everything is on the surface. He sounds like most GFA
winners these days.
I agree something is definitely amiss about his tone, and I think you
may have described the problem as well as anyone I've seen attempt it,
but..."Dry and academic". I don't think so. Mannered, unsteady yes.
Ultimately dull, yes. Bizarre, yes. But don't let the dryness of tone
fool you. Maisky isn't academic. Rather, he can't seem to generate the
momentum or sustain the line necesary to make these pieces work. After
all, they're solo pieces masquerading as something more. If you can't
maintain the line then it all falls apart.
Jeff, I agree. This morning I showed both videos to my son who is
15 and plays the entire 1st cello suite on cello. He has listened to
many cellist's and Bylsma remains his favorite to date. He didn't care
for Maisky at all, and pointed out he rushed everything. This seems to
be a modern phenomena. I've seen it in guitarists these days a bit too
much. Bylsma gives as much importance to the sound in between the
notes as the notes themselves, the mark of true conviction of thought,
and musical maturity. When a musician can't maintain a line they end
up rushing it, as does Maisky.
I recommend Robert Barto Weiss volume 1 thru 7 Naxos CD's if you
want to hear perfection of voice leading on a plucked instrument.