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Sorry that it has been a while since a new episode has come out. We actually recorded the Tarantella by William Henry Squire a few weeks ago. It turned out great. Unfortunately the episode will not be released right now. I discovered some copyright issues that I need to resolve first. I make it a point to stay within copyright rules on Cello Journey. Hopefully, I will be able to release this episode some time in the future.

We are cooking up another episode with a really good surprise piece. It will be out towards the end of April. Please stay tuned and thanks for being patient.

Luke

Starting a Regular Blog

So far on Cello Journey I stick to posting news and episodes on the main page. I thought of having a separate Blog tab (up at the top) where I will post more regularly. Sometimes a few weeks goes by between episodes and I would like to communicate better with everyone.

A new episode is in the works. It the Tarantella by Squire. We will try to record it next week. I used to play this piece quite a bit when I was first starting the cello. It has great melodies, double-stops, and a good overall feel. It is very rewarding to play when you are learning the cello because it sounds so good.

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year! I hope you get to spend time with family and have a bit of a break. May all your wishes come true. See you in January.

Luke

Cello Journey CD

We are excited to release the first Cello Journey CD. You can buy it at CD Baby starting today. Thank you in advance to everyone that buys it.

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CELLO JOURNEY: Music For Cello And Piano

Upcoming Episode

On Monday the next episode will be released. It is the first of the Fantasy Pieces by Robert Schumann. Ross and I recorded it today. Please stay tuned.

Rostropovich Remembered

Recently we saw the passing of Mstislav Rostropovich. He was a famous Russian cellist, pianist and conductor. You may have seen something on the news. I am deeply saddened. It will take me a while to sort out my thoughts and feelings. I could probably write several pages about Rostropovich. There was some wonderful music written for the cello thanks to Rostropovich and composers that wrote for him.

Rostropovich was a bit before my time with the cello. I did not have an occasion to hear him play live. He cut back on performing on the cello over the years due to his age. I remember when I was young I was very inspired by his playing and it is one of the reasons I became a cellist. His recording of the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky had a big impact on me when I was starting the cello.

He had an incredible ability to play with a sustained rich sound. His playing was remarkably clear. He made the cello sound very easy to play. He may have influenced what people expect to hear from a cello forever. It seems sometimes that he did not play the cello, but an instrument like the cello except with fewer limitations and additional qualities.

I think there is a great deal to learn from him and his playing. For years cellists will continue to listen and watch his playing on recordings to discover what is possible on the cello.

There are two things I wanted to mention about Rostropovich. Often I am driving in my car and I listen to the radio and think to myself “What a wonderful cellist? Who is that?” Then I almost always hear that it is Rostropovich. Another thing is that you can put his playing on for just 2 or 3 notes and I can usually already recognize it.

Rostropovich will be dearly missed and my thoughts on him will continue to develop over the years. I hope that we will not forget him and continue to learn from him.

Upcoming Episode

The next episode should be out Monday. It will be the Allemande from Suite No.2 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Please stay tuned.

Sorry about the delay.  The episode is almost ready but I had very little time this weekend to actually put in on the internet.

One Year Anniversary of Cello Journey!

Today is the one year anniversary of Cello Journey. It was one year ago that the first episode appeared online. Since then there have been 23 episodes. Thousands of people have seen the videos. The videos have been viewed approximately 250,000 times.

The music of Cello Journey has been played on a number of other podcasts including The Daily Source Code and Rocketboom. Thank you to all podcasters who have played the music.

There has been a great deal of wonderful feedback from viewers. Thank you very much for the feedback and e-mails. I think it is thanks to this encouragement that Cello Journey continues on. I hope you had a good year and will have a good year coming up.

There are some interesting episodes we are thinking of doing in the near future that will likely include Bach, Tchaikovsky, a Brahms sonata and Schumann.

Here is to another year of Cello Journey!

Upcoming Episode

In the next episode we will play the Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saens. It should be available this weekend. There were many requests for this and I am looking forward to playing it. It has some nice melodies and rhythms. Please stay tuned.

The one year anniversary of Cello Journey is coming up on March 27. Thank you to everyone for watching, leaving comments, sending e-mails and your overall support.

Upcoming Episode

This weekend there should be a new episode of Bach. It is the Prelude from the Second Suite. It is in a minor key and is a bit sombre but I think it has a really special mood to it.
I’ve been working on a Cello Journey DVD. It is coming along well and will be available in a few weeks.

Slight delay with the episode. I ran into some computer issues. It should be out this weekend.