Simply Baroque [Bonus Tracks]

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
No one could accuse Yo-Yo Ma of being afraid to try new things. The intrepid cellist has tangoed with Astor Piazzolla's band, fiddled Appalachian style with Mark O'Connor, and jazzed it up with Claude Bolling. Now he's venturing into the realm of period instruments, pulling out the end pin from his 1712 Stradivari cello, using gut strings, a Baroque-style bow, and other antique fittings. These alterations soften Ma's normally rich sound but enhance his warm tone. The first half of the CD offers nine pieces by J.S. Bach -- including the famous "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Air on the G String" -- transcribed for cello and orchestra by the conductor Ton ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
No one could accuse Yo-Yo Ma of being afraid to try new things. The intrepid cellist has tangoed with Astor Piazzolla's band, fiddled Appalachian style with Mark O'Connor, and jazzed it up with Claude Bolling. Now he's venturing into the realm of period instruments, pulling out the end pin from his 1712 Stradivari cello, using gut strings, a Baroque-style bow, and other antique fittings. These alterations soften Ma's normally rich sound but enhance his warm tone. The first half of the CD offers nine pieces by J.S. Bach -- including the famous "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Air on the G String" -- transcribed for cello and orchestra by the conductor Ton Koopman. The second half of the disc is devoted to a pair of concertos by Luigi Boccherini 1743-1805, whose music actually bridges the intricacies of the Baroque style and the simpler charms of the rococo. But while his creative juices were less potent than Bach's, Boccherini was a fine craftsman in his own right, and his concertos are quite lovable. Ma plays both composers' music with the zeal of the newly converted, and his infectious enthusiasm will coax even the most jaded connoisseur to share in the joy of discovery.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969038628
  • Catalog Number: 90386
  • Sales rank: 6,121

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yo-Yo Ma Primary Artist, Baroque Cello
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ton Koopman Organ, Conductor, Harpsichord, Cadence
Technical Credits
Todd Whitelock Engineer
Steven Ledbetter Liner Notes
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Adriaan Verstijnen Engineer, Digital Editing
Tini Mathot Producer
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