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Appalachian Journey / Ma, Meyer, O'Connor, Taylor, Krauss


Release Date: 03/21/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 66782   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Stephen FosterEdgar MeyerTraditionalJames Taylor,   ... 
Performer:  James TaylorEdgar MeyerYo-Yo MaMark O'Connor,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews


The Mark O'Connor/Yo-Yo Ma/Edgar Meyer power trio took a while to follow up their 1996 hit Appalachia Waltz, yet, no doubt about it, Appalachian Journey was worth the long wait. I love the gnarly funk of the opening cut, "1B", with hard swinging fiddle and cello lines anchored by Meyer's earthy, off-center pedal points. The less driving, more reflective reels, and lyrical Duet for Cello and Bass fuse bluegrass, wistful folk tunes, and stark Copland-esque landscapes into organic wholes that sound better with each rehearing. The deliciously virtuosic Caprice for Three proves that players of this caliber can channel their super-chops toward listening out loud. Guest vocal stints by James Taylor and Alison
Read more Krauss add the spice of variety to the mix, along with a potential wider audience. And why not? The arrangements are judiciously varied, perfectly paced, and exploit the violin/cello/string bass configuration in ingenuous ways. One wonders how this trio might approach certain pieces over a looser, more extended improvisational time frame. I hope we won't have to wait another three and a half years to find out. If you're in a blue mood, this disc will provide an antidote with long-range positive side effects. Fun, fun stuff.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hard times come again no more by Stephen Foster
Performer:  James Taylor (Guitar), James Taylor (Voice), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: James Taylor, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor 
2.
Slumber Song by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Mark O'Connor (Violin), Alison Krauss (Voice), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer 
3.
1B by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Indecision by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Limerock by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor 
6.
Fisher's Hornpipe by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Viola), Alison Krauss (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: MarK O'Connor 
7.
Duet for Cello and Double Bass by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Cloverfoot Reel by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
9.
Second Time Around by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
10.
Benjamin by James Taylor
Performer:  James Taylor (Guitar), Mark O'Connor (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11.
Emily's Reel by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Edgar Meyer 
12.
Misty Moonlight Waltz by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
13.
Poem for Carlita by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Mark O'Connor (Violin), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
14.
Caprice for Three by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
15.
Vistas by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Mark O'Connor (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Length: 9 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

1B
Misty Moonlight Waltz
Hard Times Come Again No More (Voice)
Indecision
Limerock
Benjamin (Instrumental)
Fisher's Hornpipe
Duet for Cello and Bass
Emily's Reel
Cloverfoot Reel
Poem for Carlita
Caprice for Three
Second Time Around
Slumber My Darling
Vistas

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