Irina Kulikova plays Bach [Monday Movitvation]

Today we feature guitarist Irina Kulikova. Irina performed in Fort Worth a few weeks ago and played Bach’s entire first Cello Suite. Here’s the prelude.

This is a sort of unrelated question, but what do you think of this “music video” style of youtube video? Do you enjoy it more than just a typical, one-angle concert video?

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  • leo

    It all depends I guess… This morning this was a great video to catch as I settle into my day. For some pieces I’d much rather see the piece performed and pick up a few tips on how to interpret and perform it. I guess I all depends on why I’m watching at a particular time.

  • Scott Cmiel

    It is a very nice performance but I would rather see the performer playing and am less interested in watching a musician walk through the snow. The different camera angles of playing are excellent.

  • JACK

    I thought that was awesome! I wish all guitar videos were like that! hope that trend catches on 😀

    I’ve got to admit that my favorite parts were the close ups of the guitar 😀

  • Kris King

    Beautiful playing and beautiful video! I would love to see more videos like this. I think they would appeal to non-guitarists a lot more than the usual one-shot videos. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gill

    Different camera angles are ok but I would much rather watch the guitarist play all the time. I find it inspiring and always hope to learn something!

  • Sean-Thomas

    Actually I enjoy both. This directed video with fading images and cuts to the artist walking through the snow help one to focus on the music. It reflects the emotion that comes through the piece.
    But I also like the artist to play with a single shot camera to show how they are playing.
    I like to study the fingering the artist is using and see the placement of the right hand so I can see how they are working in various colors to interpret the piece.

  • Prash

    I prefer a simpler video where I can watch how the guitar was played. I watch such videos endlessly, and they also inspire me to play. I cannot learn from these people right now, because I’m just not in that league. One day…

    In any case, “music videos” are good to watch for a few times, but I quickly get bored of them.

  • Luke

    It’s great to see a guitarist put such time and effort into the production of a video. Images aside, that is one of the best recorded guitar sounds I have heard in a long time.

  • Derek

    It doesnt make a difference to me as long as there is good audio!

  • John

    Overall I enjoyed the video and she played beautifully – a little less walking in the snow and a few more angled close-ups would have been great. Although, being a guitarist, I’m probably leaning that way because I was interested in her technique as well.

  • Mike W

    I liked everything about this video. The playing was beautifully done. I did like seeing glimpses of the guitar being crafted, reminding us of the wonderful organic nature of our instrument. I also liked the winter scenes of Ms. Kulikova trudging through the snow, instrument in tote, suggesting the artists dedication to the instrument, and by extention, the music as well. Bravo !

  • Max

    I think the question is aimed at the wrong people. Most on this site are going to say that they’d prefer seeing the musician playing; they’re guitarists themselves. However, guitarists don’t make up the majority of the audience (nor should they, if you want the art of the guitar to survive).

    Frankly, I find it boring to watch other people play guitar. I know what they’re doing. Unless they have three arms and 14 fingers on each hand, it shouldn’t be anything new. Any subtle difference isn’t going to be learned by watching them anyway, only through listening.

    There’s an old distinction about concert-goers and the orchestra that says the difference between a new-comer and a seasoned patron is that the new-comer will be staring at the stage. They’ll be watching the conductor waving his hands, the bows moving up and down in unison, the oddly shaped tympani and its loud sound when struck. The veteran patron will most likely be looking at the floor or the back of the chair in front of them, usually proclaiming “no one hears with their eyes.”