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Classic Yo-Yo

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Piazzolla, Astor : Five Tango Sensations, for bandoneon & string quartet (abridgement and arrangement of Sette sequenze
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Butterfly's Day Out
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 75 "Die Elenden sollen essen" BWV 75
>Dvorak, Antonin : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147
>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano
>Williams, John : American Collection Theme
>Meyer, Edgar : 1B, for violin, cello & double bass
>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99
>Tan Dun : Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
>Fauré, Gabriel : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 45
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
>Traditional, Shaker : Simple Gifts
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Alison Krauss, Bobby McFerrin (vocals); Horacio Malvicino (guitar); Mark O'Connor (mandolin); Antonio Agri, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern (violin); Néstor Marconi (bandoneon); Emanuel Ax, Leonardo D. Marconi (piano).

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.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 :: Prelude
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Five Tango Sensations, for bandoneón & string quartet (abridgement and arrangement of Sette sequenze
  • Performers: Leonardo Marconi (Piano); Hector Console (Double Bass); Nestor Marconi (Bandoneon); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1990
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Butterfly's Day Out
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Mandolin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 75 "Die Elenden sollen essen" BWV 75 :: Excerpt
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 05/30/1723
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Slavonic Dances (8) for Orchestra, Op. 72/B 147
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Boston Symphony Orchestra (Violin); Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gershwin, George : Preludes (3) for piano :: Prelude no 1
  • Performers: Jeffrey Kahane (Piano); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Williams, John : American Collection Theme
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Recording Arts Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Meyer, Edgar : 1B, for violin, cello & double bass
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Brahms, Johannes : Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 :: Allegro molto
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Emanuel Ax (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tan Dun : Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score :: The Eternal Vow
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Alimjan (Rawap); David Cossin (Drums); Kasim (Drums)
  • Ensemble: Shanghai National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 2000
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ton Koopman
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 45 :: Allegro molto
  • Performers: Jaime Laredo (Viola); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Emanuel Ax (Piano); Isaac Stern (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1885-1886
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Performers: Leonardo Marconi (Piano); Hector Console (Double Bass); Horacio Malvicino (Guitar); Nestor Marconi (Bandoneon); Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Antonio Agri (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Shaker : Simple Gifts
  • Performers: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello); Alison Krauss (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 18th Century
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio