Appassionato

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
If you want to understand why so many listeners feel so passionately about Yo-Yo Ma, Appassionato is just the place to start. The ardor of Ma's playing, the romantic quality of his music, the inherent tenderness of the cello itself -- all of these qualities infuse this career-spanning compilation. If the previously released Essential Yo-Yo Ma cuts a wider and perhaps more representative swath through Ma's recorded legacy, Appassionato does a better job of creating a sustained mood, emphasizing the many forms of lyricism the cellist has found in the melodies of Vivaldi and Brahms, John Williams and Ennio Morricone, Brazil and Appalachia. Chosen by Ma himself, this is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
If you want to understand why so many listeners feel so passionately about Yo-Yo Ma, Appassionato is just the place to start. The ardor of Ma's playing, the romantic quality of his music, the inherent tenderness of the cello itself -- all of these qualities infuse this career-spanning compilation. If the previously released Essential Yo-Yo Ma cuts a wider and perhaps more representative swath through Ma's recorded legacy, Appassionato does a better job of creating a sustained mood, emphasizing the many forms of lyricism the cellist has found in the melodies of Vivaldi and Brahms, John Williams and Ennio Morricone, Brazil and Appalachia. Chosen by Ma himself, this is a carefully curated journey, not a set of obvious "greatest hits," giving us the opportunity to encounter overlooked pieces like the touching slow movement from Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No. 1. Another thread that runs through Appassionato is Ma's close relationships with other musicians: You'll hear him accompanied at the piano by John Williams on a previously unavailable track from Memoirs of a Geisha, and joined elsewhere by favorite collaborators such as Emanuel Ax, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, and Isaac Stern. For the dedicated Ma collector, there are a handful of new recordings offered in addition to the old favorites, including one of Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words" on which Ma is teamed with Ax; the charming Finnish folk song "Mikin Pekko"; and a languorous Astor Piazzolla composition, "Soledad," presented as a miniature sequel to Ma's Soul of the Tango album. All of the performances, of course, boast the powerfully expressive playing that marks the best of Ma's work.
All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Appassionato 2007, the follow-up album to the well-received Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone 2005, is a 15-track collection of love-themed material handpicked by the classical crossover cellist himself. There are single movements from classical works along with popular material such as the Cinema Paradiso track. Highlights include collaborations with Ennio Morricone "Gabriel's Oboe [Theme from The Mission]" and John Williams "Going to School", among others.
Seattle Times - Melinda Bargreen
It's all extremely choice, and a good beginner's introduction to Ma's passionate music-making.
Buffalo News - Jeff Simon
A nice box of classical bon-bons for the cello, played by a master who is anything but a chocolatier.

It's all extremely choice, and a good beginner's introduction to Ma's passionate music-making.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2007
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 886970266826
  • Catalog Number: 702668
  • Sales rank: 6,481

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Primary Artist, Cello
Edgar Meyer Piano
Paquito d'Rivera Clarinet
John Williams [composer] Piano
Claudio Abbado Conductor
Eugene Ormandy Conductor
Philippe Entremont Piano
Romero Lubambo Guitar
Ennio Morricone Conductor
Mark O'Connor Violin
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Isaac Stern Violin
Philadelphia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Emanuel Ax Piano
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Roma Sinfonietta Performing Ensemble
Kojiro Umezaki Shakuhachi
Kathryn Stott Piano
Ton Koopman Conductor
Joel Fan Piano
Jeffrey Kahane Piano
Octavio Brunetti Piano
Gaby Casadesus Piano
Technical Credits
Edgar Meyer Producer
John Williams [composer] Producer
Yo-Yo Ma Executive Producer
Jorge Calandrelli Producer
Richard King Engineer
Mark O'Connor Producer
Georges Kadar Producer
Coleman Barks Poetry Translation
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Cristin Bagnall Executive Producer
Laraine Perri Executive Producer
Richard Einhorn Producer
Michael O'Neill Cover Photo
Tini Mathot Producer
Steven Epstein Producer
Stephan Danelian Back Cover
Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi Poetry, Liner Notes
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