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The Essential Yo-Yo Ma


Release Date: 08/16/2005 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 93927   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachAntonio VivaldiCamille Saint-SaënsJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaTon KoopmanPhilippe EntremontGaby Casadesus,   ... 
Conductor:  Ton KoopmanLorin MaazelEnnio MorriconeTan Dun,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque OrchestraPittsburgh Symphony OrchestraRoma Sinfonietta Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (06/29/1996 - 06/30/1996); Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (08/05/1997) 
2. Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Venue:  De Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherlands 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: The violin solo in this selection is performed on cello.
De Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherlands (11/17/2003 - 11/20/2003) 
3. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherland 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ton Koopman.
Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, Netherland (08/16/1998 - 08/21/1998) 
4. Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ton Koopman (Organ), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  De Stadsgehoorzall, Lieden, Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ton Koopman.
De Stadsgehoorzall, Lieden, Holland (08/16/1998 - 08/21/1998) 
5. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Ton Koopman (Organ)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  De Stadsgehoorzall, Lieden, Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ton Koopman.
De Stadsgehoorzall, Lieden, Holland (08/16/1998 - 08/21/1998) 
6. Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Philippe Entremont (Piano), Gaby Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Paris, France (05/29/1978 - 05/31/1978) 
7. Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Yo-Yo Ma.
Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA (01/28/2003 - 02/02/2003) 
8. Thaďs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Yo-Yo Ma.
Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA (01/28/2003 - 02/02/2003) 
9. Transcription of Kreisler's "Liebesfreud" for piano by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Patricia Zander (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; Austria 
Venue:  CBS Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Yo-Yo Ma.
CBS Studios, London, England (08/17/1981 - 08/19/1981) 
10. Preludes (3) for Piano: no 1 in B flat major, Allegro ben ritmato e deciso by George Gershwin
Performer:  Jeffrey Kahane (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Jascha Heifetz; Yo-Yo Ma.
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (06/15/1992 - 06/19/1992) 
11. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Bobby McFerrin (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Venue:  Dreamland Studios, Woodstock, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Dreamland Studios, Woodstock, New York (08/22/1991 - 08/25/1991)
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
12. Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40: 4th movement, Allegro by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
13. Andante cantabile for Cello and Strings, Op. 11 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1886-88; Russia 
Venue:  Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 8 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (10/12/1991 - 10/13/1991) 
14. Cristal by César Camargo Mariano
Performer:  César Camargo Mariano (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Venue:  Right Track Studio, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jorge Calandrelli.
Right Track Studio, New York City (03/13/2002 - 03/29/2002) 
15. A Lenda do Caboclo, W 166 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Odair Assad (Guitar), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Sérgio Assad (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 03/13/2002 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Sérgio Assad. 
16. Wapango by Paquito D'Rivera
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Paquito D'Rivera (Clarinet), Cyro Baptista (Percussion),
Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1975; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/24/2003 
Venue:  Live  Zankel Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gustavo Tavares. 
17. Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Antonio Agri (Violin), Horacio Malvicino (Guitar), Nestor Marconi (Bandoneon),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Leonardo Marconi (Piano), Hector Console (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Venue:  El Pie Studio, Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jorge Calandrelli.
El Pie Studio, Buenos Aires, Argentina (05/28/1997 - 05/29/1997) 
18. 1B by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts (07/19/1999 - 07/21/1999) 
19. The Mission: Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Gilda Butta (Piano)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Italy 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy (06/16/2003 - 06/23/2003) 
20. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Eternal Vow by Tan Dun
Performer:  Kasim (Drums), Alimjan (Rawap), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
David Cossin (Drums)
Conductor:  Tan Dun,  Chen Xieyang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shanghai Symphony Orchestra,  Shanghai National Orchestra,  Shanghai Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Clinton Recording Studios, New York City (2000); Recording Studio, Shanghai, China (2000) 
21. Cellist of Sarajevo, Op. 12 by David Wilde
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 02/03/1999 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
22. Chi passa per 'sta strada by Fillippo Azzaiolo
Performer:  Silk Road Ensemble (), Yo-Yo Ma ()
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Hit Factory, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Silk Road Ensemble.
Studio no 1, Hit Factory, New York City (08/01/2001 - 08/08/2001) 
23. Mido Mountain by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (), Silk Road Ensemble ()
Written: China 
Venue:  Studio no 1, Hit Factory, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Wu Tong; Li Cang Sang.
Studio no 1, Hit Factory, New York City (08/01/2001 - 08/08/2001) 
24. Mohini (Enchantment) by Sandeep Das
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (), Silk Road Ensemble ()
Written: India 
Venue:  Right Track Studios, New York, New York 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ljova.
Right Track Studios, New York, New York (09/20/2004 - 09/26/2004)
This work was written in collaboration with Indrajit Dey. 
25. Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio: Baroque in Rhythm by Claude Bolling
Performer:  Jean-Luc Dayan (Drums), Marc Michel (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Claude Bolling (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claude Bolling Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Studio Davout, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Studio Davout, Paris, France (09/02/1983 - 09/04/1983) 
26. Anything Goes: Anything goes by Cole Porter
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Jon Burr (Double Bass), Stéphane Grappelli (Violin),
Daniel Humair (Drums), Roger Kellaway (Piano), Marc Fosset (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Venue:  Davout Studios, Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Roger Kellaway.
Davout Studios, Paris, France (06/07/1989 - 06/09/1989) 
27. My Fair Lady: I could have danced all night by Frederick Loewe
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Stephen Prutsman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/09/2001 
Venue:  Sonic Temple, Roslindale, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Prutsman. 
28. The Mission: The Falls by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Gilda Butta (Piano)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Italy 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy (06/16/2003 - 06/23/2003) 
29. Appalachia Waltz by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 02/03/1999 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Composer: Mark O'Connor . 
30. Butterfly's Day Out by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Mark O'Connor (Mandolin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Sound Emporium, Nashville, Tennessee 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Edgar Meyer.
Sound Emporium, Nashville, Tennessee (08/17/1995 - 08/20/1995) 
31. Pieces (3) for Cello solo: Pickin' by John Williams
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, CA (04/04/2001 - 04/06/2001)
Composition written: USA (1997 - 2001). 
32. Simple gifts by Joseph Brackett
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Alison Krauss (Voice)
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 06/21/2001 
Venue:  The Tracking Room, Nashville, Tennessee 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranger: Edgar Meyer. 
33. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25: 4th movement, Finale "Rondo alla Zingarese" by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Jaime Laredo (Viola), Isaac Stern (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1861; Germany 
Venue:  Troy Music Hall, Troy, New York 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Troy Music Hall, Troy, New York (12/11/1989 - 12/13/1989) 
34. Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191: 3rd movement, Allegro moderato by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, NY 
Length: 12 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, NY (01/27/1997 - 01/30/1997) 
35. Chega de Saudade by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano), Nilson Matta (Double Bass),
Rosa Passos (Guitar), Cyro Baptista (Percussion), Rosa Passos (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Brazil 
Date of Recording: 09/24/2003 
Venue:  Live  Zankel Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Portuguese 
Notes: Arranger: Jorge Calandrelli. 

Sound Samples

Prélude from Suite No. 1 in G Major for Cello, BWV 1007
II. Largo from "Winter", Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297 from the Four Seasons
Jesus, bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), BWV 147
Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep May Safely Graze), BWV 208
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Sleepers Awake), BWV 645
The Swan from Carnival of the Animals (Chamber Version)
Havanaise, Op. 83
Méditation from Thaďs
Liebesfreud
I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso from Three Preludes
Vocalise (Vocal)
IV. Allegro from Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40
Andante Cantabile for Cello Solo and String Orchestra, Op. posth.
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto from Quartet No. 1 in G minor for Piano and Strings, Op. 25
III. Finale. Allegro moderato from Concerto in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104
Cristal
A lenda do caboclo
Chega de Saudade (Live)
Wapango (Live)
Libertango
Appalachia Waltz (Solo Cello Version)
Butterfly's Day Out
1B
Pickin' from Three Pieces for Solo Cello
Simple Gifts
Gabriel's Oboe
The Falls
The Eternal Vow from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Cellist of Sarajevo - A Lament in Rondo Form for Solo 'Cello, Op. 12
Chi passa per'sta strada
Mido Mountain (Chinese Traditional)
Mohini (Enchantment)
Baroque in Rhythm from Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio
Anything Goes
I Could Have Danced All Night (Extended version)

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