Appalachian Journey

Appalachian Journey

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by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor
     
 

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In the wake of their acclaimed collaboration Appalachia Waltz, classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass fiddler Mark O'Connor, and Nashville bassist Edgar Meyer have convened for another genre-bending hoedown. This time, they've brought along a…  See more details below

Overview

In the wake of their acclaimed collaboration Appalachia Waltz, classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass fiddler Mark O'Connor, and Nashville bassist Edgar Meyer have convened for another genre-bending hoedown. This time, they've brought along a pair of guest stars, too -- singer James Taylor and bluegrass belle Alison Krauss. Taylor gives a sweet yet husky rendition of "Hard Times," Stephen Foster's Civil War-era ballad, and whistles the tune on "Benjamin," his own tender instrumental composition. Krauss, a rising Country queen, makes a memorable cameo appearance singing O'Connor's gorgeous "Slumber Song." But like its predecessor, it's O'Connor and Meyer's original music -- and Ma's soulful bowing -- that's at the heart of this Appalachian Journey. O'Connor's style is steeped in the traditional reels and hornpipes of Appalachian folk music, while Meyer's compositions fearlessly fuse jazz, progressive country, and contemporary classical. On "Caprice," O'Connor puts the ensemble through its paces with a dizzying blend of Paganinian virtuosity and down-home folksiness. Meyer's "Duet for Cello and Bass" applies a countrified twang to an elegantly lyrical, Bach-like melody that's perfectly suited to Ma's singing tone. And as with most journeys, the end is a special highlight: "Vistas," the final track, is an O'Connor original whose pure counterpoint and gentle syncopations will haunt you long after the disc has stopped spinning.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646678220
catalogNumber:
66782

Tracks

  1. 1B, for violin, cello & double bass  - Edgar Meyer  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  2. Misty Moonlight Waltz, for violin, cello & double bass  - Mark O'Connor  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  3. Hard Times Come Again No More  - Stephen Foster  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - James Taylor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  4. Indecision, for violin, cello & double bass  - Edgar Meyer  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  5. Limerock  -  Traditional  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Mark O'Connor  - Mark O'Connor  - Allen Weinberg
  6. Benjamin  - James Taylor  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - James Taylor  - Allen Weinberg
  7. Fisher's Hornpipe  -  Anonymous  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Alison Krauss  - Allen Weinberg
  8. Duet for cello & bass  - Edgar Meyer  - Edgar Meyer  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  9. Emily's Reel for violin, cello & double bass  - Mark O'Connor  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  10. Cloverfoot Reel for violin, cello & double bass  - Edgar Meyer  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  11. Poem for Carlita, for violin, cello & double bass  - Mark O'Connor  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  12. Caprice for Three, for violin, cello & double bass  - Mark O'Connor  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  13. Second Time Around, for violin, cello & double bass  - Edgar Meyer  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Allen Weinberg
  14. Slumber My Darling  - Stephen Foster  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Alison Krauss  - Allen Weinberg
  15. Vistas, for violin, cello & double bass  - Mark O'Connor  - Edgar Meyer  - Mark O'Connor  - Yo-Yo Ma  - Alison Krauss  - Allen Weinberg

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O'Connor, Meyer, Foster and others 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that talented musicians like these people should be best-sellers in the entire country! All these musicians are awesome, and I think that they definitely deserved credit, especially Yo-Yo Ma. He is cool, and he has definitely worked hard to achieve this far. Well, it looks like his hard work has paid off!!! Congratulations to all of these recording artists!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the finest pieces of classical music I've heard in a long time. With the new attitude of classical performers Ma and the others bring Americana to the world.
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Simply the best!!
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