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Expanded Edition - Concertos From The New World / Ma, Masur


Release Date: 02/24/2004 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 93072   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Victor HerbertAntonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaItzhak Perlman
Conductor:  Kurt MasurSeiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York PhilharmonicBoston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This was Yo-Yo Ma's second go at the Dvorák Cello Concerto for Sony, and it marked a big improvement over the rather lackluster recording he made with Lorin Maazel and the Berlin Philharmonic. Ma clearly is inspired in this live performance, finely attuned to the music's nuance and unashamed of its passions. His warm tone remains lovely throughout. Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic match Ma with their powerfully rendered but also sensitive accompaniment. The Victor Herbert concerto, which inspired Dvorák to compose his own work in the genre, also benefits from Ma's brilliant and dedicated playing and from Masur's highly musical conducting. It may not be a great work, but you could be forgiven for believing otherwise when the Read more performance is this sympathetic. Sony's recording needs to be played at high volume to reveal its solid presence, depth, and dynamic impact, but the performances are well worth the additional cranking. The disc also includes two bonus tracks featuring Ma's moving renditions of Dvorák's Silent Woods and Humoresque with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony. A fine reissue.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in E minor, Op. 30 by Victor Herbert
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; USA 
2.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
Notes: Composition written: Bohemia (?1883 - 1884).
Composition revised: Bohemia (1893). 
3.
Humoresques (8) for Piano, Op. 101/B 187: no 7 in G flat major by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Bohemia 
4.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 

Sound Samples

I. Allegro
II. Adagio, ma non troppo
III. Finale. Allegro moderato
I. Allegro impetuoso
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Allegro
Klid (Silent woods) for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68, No. 5
Humoresque No. 7 in G-flat Major, Op. 101

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