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Appassionato
     

Appassionato

by Yo-Yo Ma
 

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If you want to understand why so many listeners feel so passionately about Yo-Yo Ma, Appassionato is just the place to start. The ardor of Ma's playing, the romantic quality of his music, the inherent tenderness of the cello itself -- all of these qualities infuse this career-spanning compilation. If the previously released

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If you want to understand why so many listeners feel so passionately about Yo-Yo Ma, Appassionato is just the place to start. The ardor of Ma's playing, the romantic quality of his music, the inherent tenderness of the cello itself -- all of these qualities infuse this career-spanning compilation. If the previously released Essential Yo-Yo Ma cuts a wider and perhaps more representative swath through Ma's recorded legacy, Appassionato does a better job of creating a sustained mood, emphasizing the many forms of lyricism the cellist has found in the melodies of Vivaldi and Brahms, John Williams and Ennio Morricone, Brazil and Appalachia. Chosen by Ma himself, this is a carefully curated journey, not a set of obvious "greatest hits," giving us the opportunity to encounter overlooked pieces like the touching slow movement from Kabalevsky's Cello Concerto No. 1. Another thread that runs through Appassionato is Ma's close relationships with other musicians: You'll hear him accompanied at the piano by John Williams on a previously unavailable track from Memoirs of a Geisha, and joined elsewhere by favorite collaborators such as Emanuel Ax, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, and Isaac Stern. For the dedicated Ma collector, there are a handful of new recordings offered in addition to the old favorites, including one of Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words" (on which Ma is teamed with Ax); the charming Finnish folk song "Mikin Pekko"; and a languorous Astor Piazzolla composition, "Soledad," presented as a miniature sequel to Ma's Soul of the Tango album. All of the performances, of course, boast the powerfully expressive playing that marks the best of Ma's work.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Appassionato (2007), the follow-up album to the well-received Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone (2005), is a 15-track collection of love-themed material handpicked by the classical crossover cellist himself. There are single movements from classical works along with popular material such as the Cinema Paradiso track. Highlights include collaborations with Ennio Morricone ("Gabriel's Oboe [Theme from The Mission]") and John Williams ("Going to School"), among others.
Seattle Times - Melinda Bargreen
It's all extremely choice, and a good beginner's introduction to Ma's passionate music-making.
Buffalo News - Jeff Simon
A nice box of classical bon-bons for the cello, played by a master who is anything but a chocolatier.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2007
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886970266826
catalogNumber:
702668
Rank:
24884

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Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist,Cello
Edgar Meyer   Piano
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet
John Williams [composer]   Piano
Claudio Abbado   Conductor
Eugene Ormandy   Conductor
Philippe Entremont   Piano
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Ennio Morricone   Conductor
Mark O'Connor   Violin
Chicago Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Isaac Stern   Violin
Philadelphia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Emanuel Ax   Piano
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Roma Sinfonietta   Performing Ensemble
Kojiro Umezaki   Shakuhachi
Kathryn Stott   Piano
Ton Koopman   Conductor
Joel Fan   Piano
Jeffrey Kahane   Piano
Octavio Brunetti   Piano
Gaby Casadesus   Piano

Technical Credits

Edgar Meyer   Producer
John Williams [composer]   Producer
Yo-Yo Ma   Executive Producer
Jorge Calandrelli   Producer
Richard King   Engineer
Mark O'Connor   Producer
Georges Kadar   Producer
Coleman Barks   Poetry Translation
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Cristin Bagnall   Executive Producer
Laraine Perri   Executive Producer
Richard Einhorn   Producer
Michael O'Neill   Cover Photo
Tini Mathot   Producer
Steven Epstein   Producer
Stephan Danelian   Back Cover
Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi   Poetry,Liner Notes

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