The Dvorák Album

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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969285824
  • Catalog Number: 92858
  • Sales rank: 5,402

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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