Posts Tagged ‘guitar’

Cello + Guitar

May 12, 2012

Was it Guitar + Cello?

I went to a recital by Yang Xuefei 楊雪霏 and Wang Jian 王健. From the posters, programme booklet and the performance (Yang played 2 solo pieces) it was obvious that Yan came before Wang.

The performance gave me an impression of the reverse. It was almost a solo recital by Wang Jian. Of course Wang played well, the sound volume of a guitar just can’t compete with a cello. It’s not Yang’s fault it must be something to do with the concert hall. There were 2 little speakers placed in front and behind Yang, I don’t think audience at the back of the hall enjoyed the music very well.

May be the combination of guitar and cello is only best for recording. I have vinyl albums for Paganini’s violin and guitar and 2 instruments are perfectly balanced. Niccolo Paganini was both a violist and guitarist that could also be a reason.

From 王健 bio here he plays a rare 1622 A & H Amati, graciously loaned to him by the family of the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam. The “A & H” must be Antonio and Girolamo (Hieronymus), the sons of Andrea Amati (1511 – 1581) the first known maker of cellos according to this book.

I bought below CD before the recital. Have now listened from my phone I now believe the acoustic of the hall is partly to blame.



August 25, 2009

I was actually searching by ‘cello chat’ the other day in youtube. All by chance I found this video of Bohemian Rhapsody in classical guitar.

This is unbelievable as I like Queen very much and never thought such rock classic can be played in classical guitar style. Image how difficult it was to teach yourself to play an instrument with very little money to buy books, sheet music or to hire a good teacher when I was young. Now you could get everything you want easily from internet.

I also dug below out. The year was 1980 at $49. It was a lot of money at that time.