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Simply Baroque / Yo-Yo Ma, cello & Ton Koopman

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 167, "Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe" BWV 167
>     Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : St. Matthew's Passion
>     Erbarme Dich
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : BWV 22
>     Ertöt' uns durch dein' Güte
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 163, "Nur jedem das Seine!" BWV 163
>     Laá mein Herz die Munze sein
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 126, "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort," BWV 126
>     Dein Blut, der edle Saft
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>     Air on a G String
>Boccherini, Luigi : Concerto for Cello no 7 in G major, G 480
>Boccherini, Luigi : Concerto for Cello in D major, G. 478 (doubtful)

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 167, "Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe" BWV 167
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : St. Matthew's Passion
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : BWV 22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 163, "Nur jedem das Seine!" BWV 163
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 126, "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort," BWV 126
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3, BWV 1068
>Boccherini, Luigi : Concerto for Cello no 7 in G major, G 480
>Boccherini, Luigi : Concerto for Cello in D major, G. 478 (doubtful)
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: De Stadageboorzaal, Leiden, Holland (08/16/1998-08/22/1998).

With SIMPLY BAROQUE, Yo-Yo Ma continues in his line of projects that broaden his repertoire and have immense appeal to listeners. When the Amsterdam Concertgebouw asked him in 1993 to give a concert series with his choice of repertoire and local ensemble, he chose J. S. Bach and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Ma's 1712 Stradivarius was de-modernized--gut strings instead of metal, baroque bow, wider bridge--to make it more the instrument it was in Bach's time, and with the help of Jaap ter Linden and Ton Koopman, he learned how to play with a period-instrument ensemble. The resulting concerts were considered such a success that the performers took their show on the road and later made this recording.

The program begins with a group of Bach transcriptions leading to the popular Air "on the G string" from the 3rd Orchestral Suite. Ma's "Erbarme dich" sweetly embodies the aria's plaintive air, and Koopman's ensemble backs him as if he were a vocal soloist. In all of the Bach works, Ma presents a nimble technique and a warm tone well-suited to the material. In the Boccherini Concertos that follow, the performances are similarly appropriate, elegant and technically impeccable.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 167, "Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe" BWV 167 :: Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Organ); Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 06/24/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : St. Matthew's Passion :: Erbarme Dich
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : BWV 22 :: Ertöt' uns durch dein' Güte
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Organ); Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 02/07/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Organ); Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 163, "Nur jedem das Seine!" BWV 163 :: Laá mein Herz die Munze sein
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Organ); Ton Koopman (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 11/24/1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 126, "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort," BWV 126 :: Dein Blut, der edle Saft
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 06/18/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite no 3, BWV 1068 :: Air on a G String
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Boccherini, Luigi : Concerto for Cello no 7 in G major, G 480
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Boccherini, Luigi : Concerto for Cello in D major, G. 478 (doubtful)
  • Performers: Ton Koopman (Harpsichord); Ton Koopman (Organ)
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto