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Appalachia Waltz

Album Summary

>N/A : The Green Groves of Erin
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz, for solo cello (or violin)
>Traditional, American : Chief Sitting In the Rain
>Meyer, Edgar : Mama, for violin, cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Butterfly's Day Out, for cello & mandolin
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Druid Fluid, for violin, cello & double bass
>Meyer, Edgar : First Impressions, for violin, cello & piano
>Meyer, Edgar : Étienne et Petunia, for cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : F.C.'s Jig, for violin & cello
>Traditional, American : College Hornpipe
>Meyer, Edgar : Pickles, for violin, cello & double bass
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Old Country Fairytale, for violin, cello & double bass
>Meyer, Edgar : Schizoozy, for violin, cello & double bass
>Traditional, American : Star of the County Down
>Thomasson, Benny : Speed the Plow Medley
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Fair Dancer Reel
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

This selection is also available in MiniDisc format.

Personnel: Yo-Yo Ma (cello); Mark O'Connor (mandolin, violin); Edgar Meyer (piano, double bass).

Recording information: Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN (08/17/1995-08/20/1995).

APPALACHIA WALTZ brings together classical musicians and classic Americana with an enjoyable result: a discovery of the wealth and integrity of American folk music. Featuring classical virtuosi Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma with fiddler Mark O'Connor, a passionate advocate and composer of traditional Texas fiddle music, this Sony Classical release explores the vitality of American fiddle music in new compositions and arrangements, many by O'Connor himself.

The tunefulness of each track is striking, while the range of expression is reassuringly broad, from serene ("The Green Groves of Erin/The Flowers of Red Hill") to jaunty ("FC's Jig" or "Chief Sitting in the Rain"). One can imagine different scenes while listening, as the titles of each track and the music suggest images in the course of a day, from different but familiar places, as if part of a greater American musical story. Particularly wonderful is the interaction of the three musicians (fiddle, cello, and string bass), who mine real gold as they cover this canvas, both complex and, at times, refreshingly simple.

Includes work(s) by Irish Traditional.



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Works Details

>N/A : The Green Groves of Erin
  • Notes: This selection is a medley which includes "The Flowers of Red Hill" by .
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz, for solo cello (or violin)
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, American : Chief Sitting In the Rain
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meyer, Edgar : Mama, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Butterfly's Day Out, for cello & mandolin
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Mandolin); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Druid Fluid, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Mark O'Connor.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meyer, Edgar : First Impressions, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Edgar Meyer (Piano); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meyer, Edgar : Étienne et Petunia, for cello & double bass
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : F.C.'s Jig, for violin & cello
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, American : College Hornpipe
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meyer, Edgar : Pickles, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Old Country Fairytale, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meyer, Edgar : Schizoozy, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, American : Star of the County Down
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomasson, Benny : Speed the Plow Medley
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Fair Dancer Reel
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass); Mark O'Connor (Violin)
  • Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990s
  • Studio/Live: Studio