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  • cnv
    Posted on 29 Oct 2011

    I'm all in favor of bringing classical music to casual public places and other unconventional venues. I love it.

    This rendition, however, is very disappointing. I am an amateur cellist and lover of the Bach suites, but if I heard it being performed like this, I would probably just keep walking too. There's nothing wrong with exploring and challenging convention, but it seems many cellists these days interpret the suites in awkward ways for the sake of being different, whether it makes sense musically or not.
  • AgainstTheft
    Posted on 26 Oct 2011

    Agree with Eric the Red entirely. I'm not surprised that only 4 or 5 of the "protesters" are listening. When these types are in power the freedom of the artist always suffers. How insulting that something as wonderful as Bach's music (a product of Western Civilization, just as this site is a product of Western capitalism and technology) should be associated with grubby, upper-middle-class socialists and malcontents. Freedom of expression? Absolutely. But this is in poor taste.
  • savoytruffle9
    Posted on 23 Oct 2011

    I appreciate this feature on the site. It's nice to observe the interaction of classical music with the rest of the world.
  • mick
    Posted on 23 Oct 2011

    one genuine guy expressing himself in the way he knows best -
    a bit of dignity , a bit of class. and whats wrong with that...
  • EricTheRedVM
    Posted on 22 Oct 2011
    Edited on 22 Oct 2011

    I'm with SteveB (assuming I correctly understand his implication). The music is beautiful. The venue is inappropriate.

    Despite the glowing cheerleading offered by the mainstream media, OWS is not a "common man" 's protest. It is filled with radicals and malcontents who clearly don't realize that (a) the 1% already pay 39% of the nation's tax burden while making only 22% of the income. The bottom 47% pay nothing! (b) the actual perpetrators of our current economic crisis do not work on Wall St. but rather Washington, D.C. and (c) the president, whom most of them voted for in '08 and about half will vote for again has received more money from Wall St. than any other.

    Obviously I am joining this conversation with a bias, but even though I'm a staunch Tea Partier, I wouldn't want to see this there either. Artists should stay away from political movements like this or risk losing large swaths of their fan base. Just my $.02.
  • Violinist4peace
    Posted on 22 Oct 2011

    This just plain rocks! I believe had everyone known he was playing the audience would have been more attentive. Congratulations to another esteemed artist and human being supporting the collective call to action on the part of the common man. (Not so common in Matt's case . . )

  • Sostieneperea
    Posted on 22 Oct 2011

    Some historicists suggest that the main part of that music was born in Bach’s mind during his stay at jail in Weimar, just before his departing to Köthen. Bach should have found a strange feeling of his lost freedom and dignity thinking of this. It looks like it’s again the music of dignity 300 years after.
  • Fellowcellist
    Posted on 22 Oct 2011
    Edited on 22 Oct 2011

    I appreciate the sentiment, I support the cause, but I'm disappointed to see that with the hundreds (thousands?) in the area, only 4 or 5 are paying the slightest attention! Perhaps this is somewhat less important than the state of the economy, but I fear for the state of classical music in America.
  • VL24
    Posted on 22 Oct 2011

    This video is awesome!! 99% of us would agree!!! Glad to see you posting something like this!
  • seahurst3
    Posted on 22 Oct 2011

    Great comment SteveB
    I'll even pack up and join you!!
  • SteveB
    Posted on 20 Oct 2011

    That's nice. I'll be looking for him at the next Tea Party rally!
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