The Essential Yo-Yo Ma

The Essential Yo-Yo Ma

by Yo-Yo Ma


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As if being the world's greatest living cellist weren't enough, Yo-Yo Ma is also one of the mere handful of genuine celebrities the classical music world has produced. In a recording career approaching three decades, he's put his stamp on nearly every nook and cranny of the standard cello repertoire while allowing his curiosity to lead him into a virtual world tour of crossover projects, too, each more successful than the last. With such a hit parade to choose from, it must have been daunting to select this program of his "essentials," but the results do justice to both the diversity and the consistent excellence of his work. It helps that the two discs divide neatly into a classical résumé and a crossover one. The former includes meaty excerpts from Bach, Shostakovich, Brahms, and Dvorák, as well as lighter encores such as Saint-Saëns' The Swan and Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, to name a few that show off the unsurpassed beauty of Ma's playing. The second disc, which is programmed even better for straight-through listening, draws from popular albums including the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack, Appalachian Journey, Soul of the Tango, Obrigado Brazil, and pieces by film composers John Williams and Ennio Morricone, as well as the most recent installment of the cellist's ambitious Silk Road project. It looks like a grab-bag assortment on paper, but Ma's impeccable taste and artistry tie it all together and leave you wondering where his insatiable musical appetites will lead him -- and his listeners -- next.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969392720
catalogNumber: 93927
Rank: 6475

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yo-Yo Ma   Primary Artist,Cello
Alison Krauss   Vocals
Edgar Meyer   Bass,Double Bass
Claude Bolling   Piano
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet
Stéphane Grappelli   Violin
Roger Kellaway   Piano
Bobby McFerrin   Vocals
Daniel Humair   Drums
New York Philharmonic   Performing Ensemble
Philippe Entremont   Piano
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Odair Assad   Guitar
Sergio Assad   Guitar
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Jon Burr   Bass,Double Bass
Hector Console   Bass,Double Bass
Jean-Luc Dayan   Drums
Marc Fosset   Guitar
Horacio Malvicino   Guitar
Néstor Marconi   Bandoneon
Ennio Morricone   Conductor
Nilson Matta   Bass,Double Bass
Marc Michel   Bass,Double Bass
Mark O'Connor   Mandolin,Violin
Isaac Stern   Violin
César Camargo Mariano   Piano
Antonio Agri   Violin
Kurt Masur   Conductor
Emanuel Ax   Piano
Tan Dun   Conductor
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Roma Sinfonietta   Performing Ensemble
Gilda Buttà   Piano
Rosa Passos   Guitar,Vocals
David Cossin   Drums
Leonardo D. Marconi   Piano
Kathryn Stott   Piano
Stephen Prutsman   Piano
Ton Koopman   Organ,Conductor,Harpsichord
Lorin Maazel   Conductor
Silk Road Ensemble   Ensemble
Jaime Laredo   Viola
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Shanghai Percussion Ensemble   Ensemble,Percussion Ensemble
Chen Xieyang   Conductor
Jeffrey Kahane   Piano
Leonardo Marconi   Piano
Shanghai National Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Patricia Zander   Piano
Gaby Casadesus   Piano
Claude Bolling Ensemble   Ensemble
Alimjan   Rawap
Kasim   Drums

Technical Credits

Jascha Heifetz   Arranger
Edgar Meyer   Arranger,Producer
Claude Bolling   Producer
Roger Kellaway   Arranger
Bobby McFerrin   Producer
John Williams [composer]   Producer
Yo-Yo Ma   Arranger
Ettore Stratta   Producer
Sergio Assad   Arranger
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger,Producer
Oscar Castro-Neves   Producer
Ennio Morricone   Composer,Producer
Mark O'Connor   Composer,Producer
Georges Kadar   Producer
Tan Dun   Producer
James Mallinson   Producer
Stephen Prutsman   Arranger
Richard Einhorn   Producer
Ton Koopman   Arranger,Instrumentation
Gustavo Tavares   Arranger
Ljova   Arranger
Silk Road Ensemble   Arranger
Li Cang Sang   Arranger
Tini Mathot   Producer
Wu Tong   Arranger
Steven Epstein   Producer,Reissue Producer
Grace Kristopher Row   Producer

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