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Previn: From Ordinary Thing / Yo-Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair


Release Date: 10/15/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 56123  
Composer:  André Previn
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaAndré PrevinSylvia McNairSandra Church
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Previn's Four Songs, using poems by Toni Morrison, continues the US song tradition established by Copland. They may not be strikingly original in style (they owe a debt to 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson), but they are very attractive, idiomatically American and movingly evocative of their texts. The set was written for Sylvia McNair, with a plangent cello obbligato for Yo-Yo Ma. McNair is outstanding here, her voice radiant but warm, soaring but secure. She is a singer for whom every syllable counts, and her performance is utterly absorbing in the way she is able to illuminate words that might seem obscure on the page. From the haunting 'Mercy', to the 'bright and sassy' (Previn's marking) 'Stones', to the dreamy content of the other set here, Read more Two Remembrances, with their shimmering flute obbligatos, McNair's performance is perfection. The rest of the disc contains a diverting Cello Sonata, commissioned and dramatically performed by Ma, and a Vocalise for soprano, cello and piano, that is schmaltzy, bland and reminiscent of Francis Lai's film soundtracks. (Previn boasts of having written it in an afternoon during the recording sessions; well it sounds like it.) The sound, however, is exceptional: brilliant, vivid and so detailed that Ma's breathing is audible.

Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Claire Wrathall, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by André Previn
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), André Previn (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993 
Date of Recording: 07/26/1995 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 
Length: 30 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Songs (4) for Soprano, Cello and Piano: no 1, Mercy by André Previn
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano), André Previn (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Songs (4) for Soprano, Cello and Piano: no 2, Stones by André Previn
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), André Previn (Piano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Songs (4) for Soprano, Cello and Piano: no 3, Shelter by André Previn
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), André Previn (Piano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Songs (4) for Soprano, Cello and Piano: no 4, The Lacemaker by André Previn
Performer:  André Previn (Piano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Remembrances (2) for Soprano, Flute and Piano: no 1, A Love Song by André Previn
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano), André Previn (Piano), Sandra Church (Alto Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Remembrances (2) for Soprano, Flute and Piano: no 2, Lyric by André Previn
Performer:  Sylvia McNair (Soprano), André Previn (Piano), Sandra Church (Alto Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Vocalise by André Previn
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), André Previn (Piano), Sylvia McNair (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1995 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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