Yo-Yo Ma Plays Great Cello Masterworks

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Cello Masterworks is an eight-CD box set of previously released material recorded in the 1980s and 1990s, and presumably so familiar to his fans that the package doesn't even come with a booklet. It really is a no-frills affair, right down to the thin cardboard sleeves that repeat the same photograph on the box, instead of offering original cover art. But the greatest disappointment is that only three of J.S. Bach's "Six Cello Suites" were included, so listeners seeking them should forego this budget package and find the complete suites, which Ma recorded twice. Ma's popular albums of virtuoso works for cello and orchestra by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Haydn, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Yo-Yo Ma Plays Cello Masterworks is an eight-CD box set of previously released material recorded in the 1980s and 1990s, and presumably so familiar to his fans that the package doesn't even come with a booklet. It really is a no-frills affair, right down to the thin cardboard sleeves that repeat the same photograph on the box, instead of offering original cover art. But the greatest disappointment is that only three of J.S. Bach's "Six Cello Suites" were included, so listeners seeking them should forego this budget package and find the complete suites, which Ma recorded twice. Ma's popular albums of virtuoso works for cello and orchestra by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Haydn, Schumann, Dvorák, Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Walton, Elgar, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky reappear here, in different configurations to maximize space, and the set is rounded out with recordings with pianist Emanuel Ax of chamber works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann. A reasonable sampling of this cellist's classical output is represented, though anyone who already owns some of his recordings should check for duplication.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2013
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 887654385727
  • Catalog Number: 5438572
  • Sales rank: 29,415

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Double Cello Concerto, for 2 cellos, strings & continuo in G Minor, RV 531 - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (9:00)
  2. 2 Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (1:50)
  3. 5–7 Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in B flat major, RV 423 - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (9:24)
  4. 6 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Così sugl' occhi miei - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (2:56)
  5. 9–11 Double Concerto, for viola d'amore & lute, strings & continuo in D minor, RV 540 - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (10:59)
  6. 12–14 Cello Concerto, for cello, strings & continuo in C minor "Alla Rustica," RV 401 - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (10:13)
  7. 13 Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernes barbarie, oratorio in 2 parts, RV 644: Noli, ò cara, te adorantis - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (5:02)
  8. 14 Gloria, for 3 solo voices, chorus, trumpet, oboe, violin (ad lib), 2 violas, 2 cellos, strings & continuo in D major, RV 589: Laudamus Te - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (2:27)
  9. 15 Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernes barbarie, oratorio in 2 parts, RV 644: Quanto magis generosa - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (10:18)
  10. 16 La Fida ninfa, opera in 3 acts, RV 714: Dite oihmè - Antonio Vivaldi & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (2:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto in B flat major, G. 482 - Luigi Boccherini & Friedrich Grützmacher (20:11)
  2. 4–6 Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1 - Franz Joseph Haydn & English Chamber Orchestra (23:51)
  3. 7–9 Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101) - Franz Joseph Haydn & English Chamber Orchestra (24:43)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 - Robert Schumann & Colin Davis (24:42)
  2. 4–6 Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104) - Antonin Dvorák & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (42:15)
  3. 5 Silent Woods (Klid), for cello & orchestra (arr. from From the Bohemian Forest, B. 133), B. 182 (Op. 68/5) - Antonin Dvorák & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:43)
  4. 6 Rondo for cello & orchestra in G minor, B. 181 (Op. 94) - Antonin Dvorák & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (8:09)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33 - Camille Saint-Saëns & Yo-Yo Ma (18:59)
  2. 2–4 Cello Concerto in D minor - Edouard Lalo & Yo-Yo Ma (27:08)
  3. 5–7 Cello Concerto - William Walton & André Previn (30:13)
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 - Edward Elgar & André Previn (29:09)
  2. 5–6 Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 - Dmitry Shostakovich & Yo-Yo Ma (27:36)
  3. 7–14 Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Yo-Yo Ma (18:57)
Disc 6
  1. 1–6 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Yo-Yo Ma (16:39)
  2. 7–12 Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Yo-Yo Ma (19:30)
  3. 13–18 Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Yo-Yo Ma (23:43)
Disc 7
  1. 1–2 Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Emanuel Ax (25:51)
  2. 3–5 Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Emanuel Ax (28:06)
  3. 4 Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Emanuel Ax (9:47)
  4. 5 Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Emanuel Ax (11:14)
Disc 8
  1. 1–3 Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 - Johannes Brahms & Emanuel Ax (27:32)
  2. 4–7 Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99 - Johannes Brahms & Emanuel Ax (29:19)
  3. 8–9 Adagio & Allegro for horn (or violin or cello) & piano in A flat major, Op. 70 - Robert Schumann & Emanuel Ax (8:48)
  4. 10–12 Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73 - Robert Schumann & Emanuel Ax (10:45)
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