Yo-Yo Ma Classic Yo-Yo

Classic Yo-Yo

Yo-Yo Ma

Released on September 17, 2001 by Sony Classical

Main artist: Yo-Yo Ma

Genre: Classical

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Classic Yo-Yo is a greatest-hits collection for the famous Yo-Yo Ma, something he's fully entitled to after two decades of runaway success. It's "Classic Yo-Yo" in the sense that it presents well-loved and presumably durable selections from a variety of Yo-Yo Ma albums, not because it inclines toward Ma's straight-ahead classical recordings. In fact the division between classical and crossover pieces on the disc is about 50/50, and they tend to alternate. The transition from Bach to Astor Piazzolla works OK, but that from Appalachian Journey mastermind Edgar Meyer to Brahms might be a bit jarring. A greatest-hits album is a tough item for Ma because his recordings are so different from one another and involve such a variety of other musicians. As Ma himself says in an interview included in the liner material, "Collaboration is the best part of what I do, it's what I enjoy most about being a musician." Here's the bottom line. Ma is a rare treasure of classical music, perhaps the only musician active today who can connect with a wide public in the way that was second nature to the great instrumentalists of the past. This disc serves as a sampler of his work. If you're new to Ma, or if you perhaps own one or two of his albums and want to hear what he sounds like playing Bach or country-inspired music or tango or Gershwin or John Williams or Rachmaninov, Classic Yo-Yo is for you. As a way of reliving great moments in Ma's recording career it is partially successful. It indicates something of the wonderful breadth of his musical interests, but it is less able to show how well he has realized the musical concepts he has undertaken. Still, several previously unreleased tracks will make Classic Yo-Yo attractive for Ma's confirmed fans. A hauntingly spare duo with bluegrass chanteuse Alison Krauss on the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" is an especially nice bonus.
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Album : 1 disk - 16 tracks Total length : 01:08:36

  1. 1 Prélude from Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (Excerpt)

    Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750), Composer - Steven Epstein, Producer Copyright : (P) 1997 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  2. 2 Fear Tango (Instrumental)

    Laraine Perri, Executive Producer - Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992), Composer - Oscar Castro-Neves, Producer - Jorge Calandrelli, Arranger - Leonardo Marconi, Piano - Hector Console, Bass - Nestor Marconi, Bandoneon Copyright : (P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment

  3. 3 Butterfly's Day Out

    Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Edgar Meyer, Arranger - Edgar Meyer, Producer - Edgar Meyer, Performer - Edgar Meyer, Bass - MARK O'CONNOR (b. 1961), Composer - Mark O'Connor, Producer - Mark O'Connor, Mandolin - Mark O'Connor, Performer Copyright : (P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment

  4. 4 Cantata, BWV 75: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan (Instrumental)

    Ton Koopman, Conductor - Ton Koopman, Harpsichord - Ton Koopman, Orchestrator - Ton Koopman, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Tini Mathot, Producer - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : (P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment

  5. 5 Slavonic Dances, Op. 72, B. 147: No. 2, Dumka. Allegretto grazioso

    Antonín Dvorák, Composer - Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Performer - Oskar Morawetz (1917-??), Transcriber - Itzhak Perlman, Performer - Itzhak Perlman, Violin - Yo-Yo Ma, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, Performer - Thomas Frost, Producer - Seiji Ozawa, Conductor - Seiji Ozawa, Performer Copyright : (P) 1994 Sony Music Entertainment

  6. 6 Three Preludes: I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

    Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Jeffrey Kahane, Piano - George Gershwin, Composer - Steven Epstein, Producer Copyright : (P) 1993 Sony Music Entertainment

  7. 7 American Collection Theme (Extended Version)

    Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - John Williams, Composer - John Williams, Conductor - John Williams, Producer - Recording Artists Orchestra of Los Angeles, Performer Copyright : (P) 2000 Sony Music Entertainment

  8. 8 1B

    Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Edgar Meyer (b. 1960), Composer - Edgar Meyer, Performer - Edgar Meyer, Bass - Laura Mitgang, Executive Producer - Mark O'Connor, Performer - Mark O'Connor, Violin - Steven Epstein, Producer Copyright : (P) 2000 Sony Music Entertainment

  9. 9 IV. Allegro molto from Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op. 99

    Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Johannes Brahms, Composer - Emanuel Ax, Piano - Stephen Epstein, Producer Copyright : (P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment

  10. 10 The Eternal Vow

    Chen Xie Yang, Conductor - Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - David Cossin, Percussion - Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Performer - Shanghai National Orchestra, Performer - TAN DUN (b. 1957), Composer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Tan Dun, Conductor - Tan Dun, Producer - Tan Dun, Performer Copyright : (P) 2000 Sony Music Entertainment

  11. 11 Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244: Erbarme dich mein Gott

    Ton Koopman, Conductor - Ton Koopman, Organ - Ton Koopman, Transcriber - Ton Koopman, Harpsichord - Ton Koopman, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Tini Mathot, Producer - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Performer - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : (P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment

  12. 12 IV. Allegro molto from Quartet for Piano & Strings No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45 (Excerpt)

    Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Jaime Laredo, Viola - Tini Mathot, Producer - Isaac Stern, Violin - Steven Epstein, Producer - Emanuel Ax, Piano - GABRIEL FAURE (1845-1924), Composer Copyright : (P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment

  13. 13 Vocalise (From "14 Romances, Op. 34") (Vocal)

    Linda Goldstein, Executive Producer - Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Bobby McFerrin, Vocal - Bobby McFerrin, Producer - Bobby McFerrin, Performer - Steven Epstein, Producer - SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943), Composer Copyright : (P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment

  14. 14 Libertango

    Hector Console, Bass - Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Horacio Malvicino, Electric Guitar - Leonardo Marconi, Piano - Jorge Calandrelli, Director - Nestor Marconi, Bandoneon - ASTOR PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992), Composer - Oscar Castro-Neves, Producer - Antonio Agri, Violin Copyright : (P) 1997 Sony Music Entertainment

  15. 15 Simple Gifts (Album Version)

    Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - Edgar Meyer, Arranger - Grace Row, Producer - Traditional, Composer - Alison Krauss, Vocal Copyright : (P) 2001 Sony Music Entertainment

  16. 16 Appalachia Waltz (Solo Cello Version)

    Yo-Yo Ma, Performer - Yo-Yo Ma, Acoustic Cello - MARK O'CONNOR (b. 1961), Composer - Steven Epstein, Producer Copyright : (P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment

  • Album description
  • Classic Yo-Yo is a greatest-hits collection for the famous Yo-Yo Ma, something he's fully entitled to after two decades of runaway success. It's "Classic Yo-Yo" in the sense that it presents well-loved and presumably durable selections from a variety of Yo-Yo Ma albums, not because it inclines toward Ma's straight-ahead classical recordings. In fact the division between classical and crossover pieces on the disc is about 50/50, and they tend to alternate. The transition from Bach to Astor Piazzolla works OK, but that from Appalachian Journey mastermind Edgar Meyer to Brahms might be a bit jarring. A greatest-hits album is a tough item for Ma because his recordings are so different from one another and involve such a variety of other musicians. As Ma himself says in an interview included in the liner material, "Collaboration is the best part of what I do, it's what I enjoy most about being a musician." Here's the bottom line. Ma is a rare treasure of classical music, perhaps the only musician active today who can connect with a wide public in the way that was second nature to the great instrumentalists of the past. This disc serves as a sampler of his work. If you're new to Ma, or if you perhaps own one or two of his albums and want to hear what he sounds like playing Bach or country-inspired music or tango or Gershwin or John Williams or Rachmaninov, Classic Yo-Yo is for you. As a way of reliving great moments in Ma's recording career it is partially successful. It indicates something of the wonderful breadth of his musical interests, but it is less able to show how well he has realized the musical concepts he has undertaken. Still, several previously unreleased tracks will make Classic Yo-Yo attractive for Ma's confirmed fans. A hauntingly spare duo with bluegrass chanteuse Alison Krauss on the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" is an especially nice bonus.

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