Introducing Sándor Jemnitz's Solo Cello Sonata

When talking about Hungarian cello music, Zoltán Kodály and György Ligeti come up immediately, and rightfully so. These two composers built monumental and lasting careers, even postmortem. Sándor (Alexander) Jemnitz (1890-1963) was a famous composer and critic of Kodály's generation…

Victoria Yagling: Cello Suite No. 1

At one point a major force in the Soviet musical world, cellist-composer Victoria Yagling (1946-2011) is completely forgotten by the general public of the Russian-speaking vestige of the USSR. Yagling came from a family of award-winning artists and academics. Her…

Does The Preamp Matter?

We've done a mic shootout, but what about the preamp? Does the preamp matter? A preamp is a device that brings up the level of the mic signal to a level that will that is appropriate for recording. For this…

Introducing Jerzy Fitelberg's Cello Sonata 

Jerzy Fitelberg (1903-1951) was a Polish-Jewish composer who was naturalized as an American citizen in 1937. His father was the famous conductor Grzerorz Fitelberg. Jerzy wrote his Unaccompanied Cello Sonata in 1945. The Sonata was premiered by Stefan Auber on…

Bach Cello Suite No. 4 - High-end Mic Shootout

Last week I got to test the hall where I will be playing my Bach marathon in just 32 days. I am trying to see which configuration to use for the recital. I used 3 mics for the test: a…

Microphones: An Audible Difference?

As a followup to my post about strings, I would like to do a quick mic shootout between my old Zoom H4 handy recorder in MP3 format and a pair of DPA omni-directional mics. Both recordings were made at the…

IMSLP: A Review

What is the favorite website of a classical musician? Of course, it's IMSLP (aka International Music Score Library Project, aka Petrucci Music Library)! This is an INVALUABLE resource for all performers and students, especially the students with no money. If…

Balancing Recital Repertoire

It's very rare that I repeat the same solo repertoire from year to year. This choice was made to balance out the orchestra and audition rep that I played year in and year out. I've played Scheherazade, Billy the Kid…

Coming back to my favorite set of strings

Over the years I've tried different sets of strings. Thanks to the graciousness of Thomastik, Pirastro, Jargar, and Larsen (in no particular order) I've been able to experience the latest technology of string making first hand. The strings that really…

My Current Practice Setup

I've been practicing with some kind of recorder consistently for the last 10 years. For better or worse, I believe that every student must learn proper self evaluation. During my student years, I've gone from the low tech mirror, to…

Bringing Music to the World

If someone told the 14 year-old me that I would be the first to make an edition available to the world, I don't know how I would have reacted, probably surprised. I've had my milestones, completing the Tchaikovsky Cello Concerto…

Uzbek Pilaf

What do many musicians do during the summer? If you said summer festivals, you are correct. What do I do? I spend time with my family, prepare cello rep for the next season, do typesetting/recording projects I had been looking…