Simply Baroque [Bonus Tracks]

Simply Baroque [Bonus Tracks]

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by Yo-Yo Ma
     
 

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, pullingSee more details below

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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:
09/30/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969038628
catalogNumber:
90386

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Tracks

  1. Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren
  2. Erbarme dich
  3. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  4. Ertöt' uns durch dein' Güte
  5. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-
  6. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, chorale prelude for organ (Sc
  7. Laß mein Herz die Münze sein
  8. Dein Blut, der edle Saft
  9. Air on a G String
  10. I. Allegro
  11. II. Adagio
  12. III. Allegro
  13. I. Allegro con spirito
  14. II. Larghetto
  15. III. Rondo
  16. IV. Rondo comodo assai
  17. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
  18. Aria
  19. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Ch

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