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Classic Yo-Yo
     

Classic Yo-Yo

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by Yo-Yo Ma
 
Yo-Yo Ma's discography is so vast that any authoritative "greatest hits" compilation would likely fill up three or more CDs. But the 16 tracks here do a fine job of demonstrating the breadth of the singular cellist's musical interests, from the sublimity of Bach to the exoticism of the Crouching

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Yo-Yo Ma's discography is so vast that any authoritative "greatest hits" compilation would likely fill up three or more CDs. But the 16 tracks here do a fine job of demonstrating the breadth of the singular cellist's musical interests, from the sublimity of Bach to the exoticism of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack, with a few sweet Appalachian tunes and sultry Argentinean tangos in between. Lost in the shuffle, however, are Elgar, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and any other example from the concerto repertory -- although we do get a fun and flashy arrangement of a Dvorák Slavonic Dance. Classic Yo-Yo offers some nice surprises, too, including the elegant, whirlwind finale of Gabriel Fauré's G Minor Piano Quartet (featuring Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, and Jaime Laredo), and a haunting rendition of Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" (a duet with Bobby McFerrin's unearthly falsetto). But most of the selections act as delicious teasers: How can one hear the prelude to a Bach solo suite, for example, or the finale of a Brahms sonata, and not yearn to hear the rest? Serious collectors undoubtedly have many of the original recordings in their library already. For those less familiar with Ma's extraordinary talent, though, this 70-minute sampler is a great place to start.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Classic Yo-Yo is a greatest-hits collection for the famous Yo-Yo Ma, something he's fully entitled to after two decades of runaway success. It's "Classic Yo-Yo" in the sense that it presents well-loved and presumably durable selections from a variety of Yo-Yo Ma albums, not because it inclines toward Ma's straight-ahead classical recordings. In fact the division between classical and crossover pieces on the disc is about 50/50, and they tend to alternate. The transition from Bach to Astor Piazzolla works OK, but that from Appalachian Journey mastermind Edgar Meyer to Brahms might be a bit jarring. A greatest-hits album is a tough item for Ma because his recordings are so different from one another and involve such a variety of other musicians. As Ma himself says in an interview included in the liner material, "Collaboration is the best part of what I do, it's what I enjoy most about being a musician." Here's the bottom line. Ma is a rare treasure of classical music, perhaps the only musician active today who can connect with a wide public in the way that was second nature to the great instrumentalists of the past. This disc serves as a sampler of his work. If you're new to Ma, or if you perhaps own one or two of his albums and want to hear what he sounds like playing Bach or country-inspired music or tango or Gershwin or John Williams or Rachmaninov, Classic Yo-Yo is for you. As a way of reliving great moments in Ma's recording career it is partially successful. It indicates something of the wonderful breadth of his musical interests, but it is less able to show how well he has realized the musical concepts he has undertaken. Still, several previously unreleased tracks will make "Classic Yo-Yo" attractive for Ma's confirmed fans. A hauntingly spare duo with bluegrass chanteuse Alison Krauss on the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" is an especially nice bonus.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998966727
catalogNumber:
89667
Rank:
5972

Tracks

  1. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Prelude
  2. Five Tango Sensations, for bandoneón & string quartet (abridgement and arrangement of Sette sequenze): Fear
  3. Butterfly's Day Out - arranged by Meyer, Edgar
  4. Cantata No. 75, "Die Elenden sollen essen," BWV 75: Excerpt
  5. Slavonic Dance No. 10 for orchestra in E minor B. 147/2 (Op. 72/2) - transcribed by Morawetz, Oskar
  6. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 1
  7. American Collection Theme
  8. 1B, for violin, cello & double bass
  9. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99: Allegro molto
  10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score: The Eternal Vow
  11. Matthäuspassion (St. Matthew Passion), BWV 244: Erbarme dich
  12. Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45: Allegro molto
  13. Vocalise, song for voice & piano, Op. 34/14 - arranged for voice & cello
  14. Libertango, tango
  15. Simple Gifts - arranged by Meyer, Edgar
  16. Appalachia Waltz, for solo cello

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Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist

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Bach, Faure, Brahms and others Classic Yo Yo Ma 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These beautiful selections would be a perfect gift for anyone. A delightful version of "Simple Gifts" is included in this recording.
jake2490 More than 1 year ago
Though I was obviously expecting quality music when buying a Yo-Yo Ma CD, I was surprised how much I instantly loved every track. There is a wonderful combination of many styles of music. I've found a song on this CD to fit almost any mood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my first Yo Yo CD. The songs on this CD are GREAT! Tracks 1, 2, and 11 are some of the best songs you will play on your home or car radio. Please, buy this CD. I wish I could give this "6 stars"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago