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J.S. Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier complete video for people who truly love music

on Wed, 12/02/2015 - 13:30

I have recently had the privilege and honor of being the producer of the best recording of J.S. Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" (Volume 1) ever made on the piano. My opinion - you're welcome to show me evidence to the contrary =)


Wildly popular on YouTube: Kimiko Ishizaka's "Goldberg Variations" and MuseScore

on Mon, 05/25/2015 - 15:31

Two things to learn about the success of Kimiko Ishizaka's YouTube video "Goldberg Variations Complete (J.S. Bach BWV 988), with score, Kimiko Ishizaka piano":

  1. People love using YouTube to listen to music. This can be seen in the video's analytics: while it accounts for 44% of the roughly 20,000 monthly views the channel gets, that number goes to 84% of the minutes watched. People watch 125,000 minutes of the video each month - that's 86 days and 21 hours of viewing, every month!
  2. Both the length and the video score are attractive features. Surfing YouTube is hard work. Why not sit and watch something entertaining and educational for an hour or more? Plus, the appeal is broad. People who know the Goldbergs can simply listen, maybe with the video on in the background. People studying piano, or trying to get a visual sense for how the music is put together can see then notes going by, clearly marked in realtime on the MuseScore.

Operatic - the land of musical smiles, a review of "The Cast: Live from Paris"

on Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:38

Album coverTomorrow I'll be attending a cinema premiere, which is a first for me. It is a film called Operatic, and is a documentary that follows six singers and their opera "band", The Cast, on their 2014 Parisian tour. The soundtrack for the film, which is in fact a recording of a live concert, is being released on Bandcamp.


The Open Well-Tempered Clavier is here

on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:19

For several years, the recording I wanted to hear the most was Kimiko Ishizaka's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. Now, after several world tours, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and an enormous amount of hard work and perseverance, it is here. You can download and enjoy this public domain creation, and share it with the people you love. I hope that you will find joy in the music, as I have.

When is the Open Well-Tempered Clavier going to be released?

on Sat, 12/20/2014 - 22:23

Kimiko Ishizaka's recording of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, will be released in March 2015. Do you want to be amongst the first people to download it? You have two options. Either you can refresh the Well-Tempered Clavier website every five minutes and find out that way, or you can sign up for Kimiko's mailing list, and get a notification directly. Your choice.

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Kimiko Ishizaka's "Goldberg Variations" are now on Bandcamp

on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:17

Bandcamp is a service that allows musicians to release albums for distribution. It's ideal for the Open Goldberg Variations (and for the upcoming Open Well-Tempered Clavier) recording because it supports the "pay what you want" model. This allows us to offer the files for gratis download, but fans can still decide to pay an amount of their choice to promote Kimiko's efforts to make more recordings and go on more tours. Some of Kimiko's fans are very generous! The other advantages of Bandcamp are the natural audience that they bring (people search the site to discover new music), the high quality of the transcoding and metadata, analytics, and a very nicely designed landing page for albums and artists. Color me impressed.

Download the libre "Open Goldberg Variations" for gratis, or a price of your choosing.


Danjulo Ishizaka's Janáček, Kodály, and Grieg solo recording is amazing

on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 12:32

I dearly love this recording, and I'm not the only one. Grammophone, The Strad, and now The Arts Desk have showered praise on this recording. In fact, everybody who hears it is taken with it.

CD cover for Danjulo Ishizaka's superb solo recording


Ray Chen, Akira Eguchi 江口玲 , and Danjulo Ishizaka playing Chopin.

on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 19:00

Bach's Goldberg Variations, complete with score

on Sun, 05/25/2014 - 16:08

Here is a YouTube playlist with the entire recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka, with the musical score, following along note-by-note. I made these videos by recording the video from MuseScore's Open Goldberg Variations iPad app, and then replacing the audio with the CD quality recording from the Open Goldberg Variations CD. Enjoy.