Dvorák Album

The Dvorák Album

by Yo-Yo Ma
     
 
Of all the music written for the cello, it may be Dvorák's B Minor Concerto that players prize most. Full of stretched-out melodies and Romantic passion, it's a perfect fit with the instrument's richly expressive powers. No wonder Yo-Yo Ma has recorded it twice. Fittingly, Ma's Dvorák Album, a compilation disc released to honor the

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Of all the music written for the cello, it may be Dvorák's B Minor Concerto that players prize most. Full of stretched-out melodies and Romantic passion, it's a perfect fit with the instrument's richly expressive powers. No wonder Yo-Yo Ma has recorded it twice. Fittingly, Ma's Dvorák Album, a compilation disc released to honor the centenary of the composer's death in 1904, begins with the Concerto -- the cellist's second version, to be precise, recorded in 1995 with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic. It's certainly the pick of the two. More nobly eloquent than his earlier account, it stands bow-to-bow with Rostropovich's celebrated recording with Von Karajan. The album continues with a series of brief charmers: the raptly lyrical "Silent Woods" (a piano piece that Dvorák modified for cello and orchestra); a tuneful "Slavonic" Dance and the lovely G-flat Humoresque (cleverly arranged for cello, violin, and orchestra, with Itzakh Perlman, Seiji Ozawa, and the Boston Symphony joining Ma); and the melancholy "Songs My Mother Taught Me" (with pianist Patricia Zander accompanying Ma in a Fritz Kreisler adaptation). Ma's elegant playing suits the composer's bittersweet melodies to a tee, making for a Dvorák celebration that delivers handsomely.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
This [1995] version [of the Cello Concerto] is among the very finest yet, matched by few and outshining most, including Ma’s own ten-year-old version with Maazel and the Berlin Philharmonic.... Ma and Masur together encompass the work's astonishingly full expressive range, making it the more bitingly dramatic with high dynamic contrasts.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969285824
catalogNumber:
92858
Rank:
11510

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist,Cello
Itzhak Perlman   Violin
Boston Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
New York Philharmonic   Performing Ensemble
Kurt Masur   Conductor
Seiji Ozawa   Conductor
Patricia Zander   Piano

Technical Credits

Fritz Kreisler   Arranger
Thomas Frost   Producer
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
David Foil   Liner Notes
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Richard Einhorn   Producer
Tammy Van Aken   Packaging Manager
Steven Epstein   Producer,Reissue Producer
Oskar Morawetz   Arranger

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