Obrigado Brazil / Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Audio Samples

>Mariano, Cesar Camargo : Cristal
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chega de Saudade
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166
>Bandolim, Jacob do : Doce de Coco
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Dansas Brasilerias for orchestra
>Powell, Baden : Apelo
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Danca negra
>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Um a zero
>Assad, Sérgio : Menino
>Mariano, Cesar Camargo : Samambaia
>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Carinhoso
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira"
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : O Amor em Paz
>Azevedo, Waldir : Brasileirinho
>Gismonti, Egberto : Salvador, samba

Album Summary

>Mariano, Cesar Camargo : Cristal
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chega de Saudade
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166
>Bandolim, Jacob do : Doce de Coco
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Dansas Brasilerias for orchestra
>Powell, Baden : Apelo
>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Danca negra
>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Um a zero
>Assad, Sérgio : Menino
>Mariano, Cesar Camargo : Samambaia
>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Carinhoso
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira"
>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : O Amor em Paz
>Azevedo, Waldir : Brasileirinho
>Gismonti, Egberto : Salvador, samba
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

"Merengue" was nominated for the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition. "Libertango" was nominated for Best Instrumental Arrangement.

Recording information: 2002.

While some crossover projects look like good ideas on enterprising marketing departments' spreadsheets, much of the time they end up sounding like academic exercises in futility, the genre patronized, the artist mismatched. That's emphatically not so with Yo-Yo Ma's latest stretch outside of the classical fold, which turns out to have been a major brainstorm with felicitous results. In small groupings ranging from duo to octet (most tastefully arranged by producer Jorge Canandrelli), Ma's rich and full-bodied sound imbues this wonderfully varied set with a spirited gravitas. A sign of this virtuoso's magnanimity is his musical generosity. Sure, we get plenty of gorgeous cello throughout, but by letting his supporting cast shine in solo spots as well as in finely balanced chamber music moments, the sum of the whole is well served. Listen to the dizzily intertwining guitar lines by brothers Sergio and Odair Assad in support of Ma on "Menino," or the artful give-and-take of the melody between Ma and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera on "Carinhoso." A pleasure from start to finish, OBRIGADO BRAZIL should gain the attention of Ma fans and Brazilian music aficionados alike, not to mention those folks who hand out those cute little bronze statues every year.

Includes bodas de prata (gismonti) / quatro cantos (carneir by various composers.



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Works Details

>César Camargo Mariano : Cristal
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Cesar Mariano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : Chega de Saudade
  • Performers: Helio Alves (Piano); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Cyro Baptista (Percussion); Paulo Braga (Drums); Rosa Passos (Voice); Rosa Passos (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Odair Assad (Guitar); Sérgio Assad (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Bandolim, Jacob do : Doce de Coco
  • Performers: Romero Lubambo (Guitar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Paquito D'Rivera (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Dansas Brasilerias for orchestra
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Powell, Baden : Apelo
  • Performers: Helio Alves (Piano); Oscar Castro-Neves (Guitar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Cyro Baptista (Percussion); Paulo Braga (Drums)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Vinícius de Moraes (1913 - 1980).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Guarnieri, Mozart C. : Dança negra
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Um a zero
  • Performers: Paquito D'Rivera (Clarinet); Romero Lubambo (Guitar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Cyro Baptista (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Assad, Sérgio : Menino
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Odair Assad (Guitar); Sérgio Assad (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>César Camargo Mariano : Samambaia
  • Performers: Romero Lubambo (Guitar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Cesar Mariano (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Pixinguinha (Alfredo Vianna) : Carinhoso
  • Performers: Paquito D'Rivera (Clarinet); Romero Lubambo (Guitar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Cyro Baptista (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 5 for Piano "Alma brasileira"
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Kathryn Stott (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Jobim, Antonio Carlos : O Amor em Paz
  • Performers: Helio Alves (Piano); Oscar Castro-Neves (Guitar); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Cyro Baptista (Percussion); Paulo Braga (Drums); Rosa Passos (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Azevedo, Waldir : Brasileirinho
  • Performers: Cyro Baptista (Percussion); José Faria (Percussion); Helio Alves (Piano); Jose Silva (Percussion); Paquito D'Rivera (Clarinet); Romero Lubambo (Guitar); Romero Lubambo (Cavaquinho); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gismonti, Egberto : Salvador, samba
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Egberto Gismonti (Flute); Egberto Gismonti (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary