Simply Baroque

Simply Baroque

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by Yo-Yo Ma
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Performing on the Baroque cello (outfitted with gut strings and without an endpin, making it so that the performer has to clutch the instrument between his/her legs), Yo-Yo Ma delivers the warm, listener-friendly classical music that he has become known for. Supported by conductor Ton Koopman's period Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ma presents a wholly unusual interpretation of some of Bach's better known Baroque works, as well as some lesser known pieces by Italian composer Luigi Boccherini. The sound of the Baroque cello changes the mood of each familiar piece to something warmer and more intimate. The string composition has a less dry tone than the usual wound string, and the absence of the endpin means that there is no sound traveling through the floor, therefore all of the sound comes directly from the body of the instrument. Ma's skilled handling of the pieces evolve Simply Baroque beyond an interesting experiment and into a beautiful listening experience.
Gramophone
As superior ‘light’ listening goes, I cannot conceive of a happier 70 minutes’ worth. It also provides an ideal ‘soft-option’ introduction to the sound of period instruments.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886975613625
catalogNumber:
756136
Rank:
400

Tracks

  1. Cantata No. 167, "Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe," BWV 167 (BC A176): Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren

    1. Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren  (02:17)
  2. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), BWV 244 (BC D3b): Erbarme dich

    1. Erbarme dich  (07:20)
  3. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

    1. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  (02:44)
  4. Cantata No. 22, "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe," BWV 22 (BC A48): Ertot' uns durch dein' Gute

    1. Ertot' uns durch dein' Gute  (01:30)
  5. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 41), BWV 639 (BC K68)  (02:28)
  6. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale No. 6), BWV 650 (BC K27)  (03:07)
  7. Cantata No. 163, "Nur jedem das Seine!" BWV 163 (BC A158): Lass mein Herz die Munze sein

    1. Lass mein Herz die Munze sein  (03:00)
  8. Cantata No. 136, "Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz," BWV 136 (BC A111): Dein Blut, der edle Saft

    1. Dein Blut, der edle Saft  (00:51)
  9. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air

    1. Air  (05:04)
  10. Cello Concerto in G major, G. 480

    1. No. 1, Allegro  (07:37)
    2. No. 2, Adagio  (04:51)
    3. No. 3, Allegro  (05:04)
  11. Cello Concerto in D major, G. 478 (doubtful)

    1. No. 1, Allegro  (07:14)
    2. No. 2, Larghetto  (05:46)
    3. No. 3a, Rondo  (04:11)
    4. No. 3b, Rondo comodo assai  (05:53)

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Bach: Suite for orchestra No3; Cantata No147 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most favorite cds. I am not in the typical age group of people that listen to classical music but i still LOVE this cd.and i suggest that you purchase it too. I have probably listened to this CD over 500 thousands and i NEVER get bored. I listen and i feel every single not the he plays and sometimes i hear things that i haven't heard before. This is the type of CD for everybody and ANYBODY. I promise that you will LOVE this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've yet to hear a Yo Yo Ma album that I didn't like - but this one may be the best. The familiar pieces are mixed in well with the pieces that I had never heard, yet I liked the whole CD immediately. Even friends who don't like classical music have heard it in my car and commented on it. His performance of ''Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring'' is SO good that every version I have heard since then sounds like something is wrong or missing. I was pretty excited to learn today that Ma is releasing ''Simply Baroque II'' in ten days...