Vivaldi's Cello

Vivaldi's Cello

by Yo-Yo Ma
     
 

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Several years back, Yo-Yo Ma rigged his Stradivarius cello with 18th-century fittings, adapted his bowing to Baroque style, and released a pair of bestselling discs -- Simply Baroque and Simply Baroque II -- that offered gallantly charming concertos by Luigi

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Several years back, Yo-Yo Ma rigged his Stradivarius cello with 18th-century fittings, adapted his bowing to Baroque style, and released a pair of bestselling discs -- Simply Baroque and Simply Baroque II -- that offered gallantly charming concertos by Luigi Boccherini and stylish, songful arrangements of Bach. But, like Ma's recent Silk Road project, that experiment in historical performance practice was no short-lived affair, and here he serves up another bouquet of Baroque splendors, this time from Antonio Vivaldi. Teaming up yet again with Ton Koopman and the crackerjack musicians of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ma demonstrates that there's more to the music of this Venetian master than The Four Seasons (though he does play an arrangement of the Largo from the "Winter" Concerto). There's a darkly dramatic Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, for example, an equally dark but more subdued Concerto in D Minor for Lute and Viola D'amore (played here on the cello), and a pair of solo concertos -- a joyous one in B-flat Major and a somber companion in C Minor. As on the Simply Baroque albums, Ma fills up the disc with arrangements (by Koopman) taken from Vivaldi's operas and oratorios. Igor Stravinsky once accused Vivaldi of having written the same concerto 500 times. For those who still subscribe to such a notion, Ma and Koopman have produced a compelling and often astonishingly beautiful riposte. Let's hope there's more to come.

Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Lindsay Kemp
Superb though Ma is on his "baroqued" 1712 Stradivarius, each of the musicians...is on top form as well.... An uncomplicated joy all around, then, for its music, its performances and its recording, too.
Classic FM Magazine - Rick Jones
The result is excellent.... Ma’s bowed line is real singing.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969091623
catalogNumber:
90916

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Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist,Baroque Cello
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ton Koopman   Organ,Conductor,Harpsichord
Wouter Verschuren   Bassoon
Alfredo Bernardini   Baroque Oboe
Mike Fentross   Lute
Margaret Faultless   Baroque Violin
Michel Henry   Baroque Oboe
Katherine McGillivray   Viola d'amore
Jonathan Manson   Baroque Cello
Ton Koopman   Conductor
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra   Ensemble

Technical Credits

Antonio Vivaldi   Composer
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Adriaan Verstijnen   Engineer
Laura Kszan   Packaging Manager
David Mermelstein   Liner Notes
Tini Mathot   Producer

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