Couldn't agree more. Any piano teacher would cringe watching Monk play with his "wrong" finger position and lack of conventional technique. And yet....
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Schubert, agreed, the mid bass is crucial for classical music. I mainly listen to alternative rock/ska/punk but love your namesake's first and second piano trios, as well as Mahler and St Saens' cello concertos. With live classical the cellos both envelop and lift up the other instruments, which our systems should be able to replicate.
Can you recommend any other cello-based music I might like based on the above? I like Beethoven's cello concertos as well but not as much as Mahler's or St Saens'. My knowledge of classical is however VERY limited, so I'm open to suggestions.
REgarding those two artists you mention, I could not agree more. Not to forget, that Monk was also a composer and a great teacher in his own way. All the jazz greats of his time came to him, seeking his advice. His genius was behind and formed the way jazz music was being played then. At least that's what I have been told......
Uberdine, first and foremost the Bach solo cello suites.
Dvorak and Elgar Cello concertos. One of the most haunting pieces in all music is the Solo Cello Suite Opus 8, by one of the greatest of modern composers, Zoltan Kodaly. There is s good performance on Naxos but IMO the one by Janos Starker, a Hungarian like Kodaly is one of the greatest recordings ever made.Came out on Delos.
Haydn wrote 2 enjoyable cello concertos , as did Max Reger.
One of Yo-Yo Ma's finest efforts was the Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto on Sony.
Beyond all doubt one of the finest works in all of music is Schubert' Quintet in C which uses two cellos, many fine recordings of this.
Excellent recommendations by Schubert. I would add Heitor Villa Lobos' "Bachianas Brazileiras" No. 1 for eight cellos and No. 5 for orchestra of cellos and soprano. Villa-Lobos was the greatest of the Latin-American composers to, like Kodaly, blend the native music of his country (Brazil) with European Classical tradition. In this case, "Bachiana" refers to the influence of Bach; subtle, but easily heard in these pieces particularly in the fugue. The EMI recording of these pieces with the glorious Victoria De Los Angeles singing No. 5 is the one to have. Music not quite of the depth of Schubert's recs, but beautiful by any standard and showcases the cello.