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Classic Yo-Yo
Ma, Yo-Yo, 1955-
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Publication Information:
New York : Sony Classical, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (69 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
"Includes newly recorded and previously unreleased tracks"--Container.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Mark Salzman in English with German and French translations (25 p. : ill.), inserted.
Cello suite no. 1, BWV 1007. Prelude (2:22) / Bach -- Tango sensations. Fear / Piazzolla (arr., Calandrelli ; with Nestor Marconi, bandoneón ; Leonard Marconi, piano ; Hector Console, bass) (5:22) -- Butterfly's day out / O'Connor (arr., Meyer ; with Edgar Meyer, bass ; Mark O'Connor, mandolin) (4:43) -- Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 75 / Bach (with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra ; Ton Koopman, conductor) (1:30) -- Slavonic dance in E minor, op. 72 no. 2 / Dvořák (transcribed by Oskar Morawetz ; with Itzhak Perlman, violin ; Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Seiji Ozawa, conductor) (5:01) -- Prelude no. 1 / Gershwin (with Jeffrey Kahane, piano) (1:42) -- "American collection" theme / Williams (with the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles ; John Williams, conductor) (3:29) -- 1B / Meyer (with Edgar Meyer, bass ; Mark O'Connor, violin) (3:59) -- Sonata in F major, op. 99. IV. Allegro molto / Brahms (Emanuel Ax, piano) (4:37) -- Crouching tiger, hidden dragon. The eternal vow / Tan Dun (with Alimjan, rawap ; Kasim and David Cossin, hand drum ; Shanghai Symphony Orchestra ; Shanghai National Orchestra) (2:58) -- St. Matthew passion. Erbarme dich / (with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra ; Ton Koopman, conductor) Bach (7:20) -- Quartet in G minor, op. 45. IV. Allegro molto. / Fauré (with Emanuel Ax, piano ; Isaac Stern, violin ; Jaime Laredo, viola) (9:11) -- Vocalise / Rachmaninoff (Bobby McFerrin, vocalist) (6:24) -- Libertango / Piazzolla (arr. Calandrelli ; with Nestor Marconi, bandoneón ; Antonio Agri, violin ; Horacio Malvicino, guitar ; Hector Console, bass ; Leonardo Marconi, piano) (3:08) -- Simple gifts (traditional) (arr. Meyer ; Alison Krauss, vocalist) (2:34) -- Appalachia waltz / O'Connor (4:25).
Added Uniform Title:
Simple gifts.
Format :
Music CD


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To categorize CLASSIC YO-YO as simply a greatest-hits collection would be inaccurate. This compilation offers a glimpse of the breadth of a great artist's ability. It effectively conveys the essence of Yo-Yo Ma, not simply the virtuosity of a supremely gifted cellist--arguably the finest of his time--but the intelligence, insight, and assiduousness of a musician who continually seeks new challenges, explores diverse musical territories, and refuses to be pigeonholed. The album begins, appropriately, with his remarkable account of the Prelude from J. S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 1, continuing through to an eclectic assortment that includes Piazzolla tangos, a Gershwin Prelude, and an excerpt from Tan Dun's score for the film CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, as well as pieces by Fauré, Brahms, and Dvorák. The disc also features tracks from the "Appalachian" collaborations with Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor, and several bonuses in the form of previously unreleased material: Piazzolla's Tango Sensation: FEAR and new recordings of John Williams' "American Collection" Theme and the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" featuring Alison Krauss. CLASSIC YO-YO is an excellent introduction for the uninitiated, but also holds value for anyone already familiar with the work of this extraordinary artist.