6 Suites for Cello Solo, BWV 1007-1012 – Johann Sebastian Bach
In the January/February 2024 issue of Strings magazine, Laurence Vittes writes about Antonio Lysy’s Bach to Basics YouTube videos.
The videos, released following Lysy’s retirement last fall, are designed for students at all playing levels, including teachers and professionals. And while they are totally intended to be practice tools, they are so creatively and engagingly produced that they may find a wide audience of just plain music lovers. Each video focuses on a single movement from one of the six Bach Cello Suites, BWV 1007–1012, (the Prelude and Fugue of the fifth is divided in two) with an average duration of six minutes. Drawn from his 35 years of teaching at McGill University in Montréal and at UCLA, Lysy’s videos provide insightful exercises and ask—through captions and overlays only, no speaking—the right kinds of thoughtful, gently probing questions. He is a bit like a cello-playing Mr. Rogers.
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