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


Release Date: 07/20/2010 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 756140   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edgar MeyerMark O'ConnorStephen FosterTraditional,   ... 
Performer:  Mark O'ConnorYo-Yo MaJames [Soft Rock] TaylorAlison Krauss
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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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. 1B, for violin, cello & double bass by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Mark O'Connor (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2. Misty Moonlight Waltz by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Mark O'Connor (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Hard times come again no more by Stephen Foster
Performer:  James [Soft Rock] Taylor (Guitar), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin),
James [Soft Rock] Taylor (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. Indecision, for violin, cello & double bass by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5. Limerock by Traditional
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6. Benjamin by James [Soft Rock] Taylor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), James [Soft Rock] Taylor (Guitar), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7. Fisher's Hornpipe by Anonymous
Performer:  Mark O'Connor (Violin), Alison Krauss (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8. Duet for cello & bass by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
9. Emily's Reel by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10. Cloverfoot Reel for violin, cello & double bass by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
11. Poem for Carlita by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
12. Caprice for Three by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
13. Second Time Around, for violin, cello & double bass by Edgar Meyer
Performer:  Mark O'Connor (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14. Vistas by Mark O'Connor
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15. Slumber My Darling, for voice & piano by Stephen Foster
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Mark O'Connor (Violin), Alison Krauss (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 

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