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Yo-Yo Ma Plays Great Cello Masterworks

Ma,Yo-yo
Release Date: 08/26/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 438572   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Camille Saint-SaënsEdouard LaloSir Edward ElgarSir William Walton,   ... 
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaMargaret FaultlessEmanuel Ax
Conductor:  Lorin MaazelAndré PrevinJosé L. GarciaPinchas Zukerman,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

R E V I E W S of some of the recordings that make up this set:

Walton and Elgar:

...these performances by Yo-Yo Ma with the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn are superb. In the enigmatic Walton work, Ma’s cerebral account comes closer in atmosphere to Gregor Piatigorsky’s premiere recording than any other I know. Hear how Ma floats the high-flown solo lines at the start, closely matching the airiness that Piatigorsky produced by using only the required amount of bow pressure (both performers use tight, rapid vibrato)–yet the intensity of sound is totally idiomatic... Ma’s performance of the Elgar concerto is again superb, both in its controlled dignity and in its spacious eloquence.
Read more The big gestures are all there, with a powerfully arresting opening flourish and tellingly graded handling of the meandering first theme. Ma also is highly alert to dynamic indications, so practically no two measures of the recitative passage before the Scherzo sound the same, just as Elgar intended. The clarity and precision in the Scherzo are pretty astounding, too, and all the while Previn’s accompaniments are ideally measured and controlled. In the Adagio, Ma’s sostenuto playing and simple, unaffected style lets the music make its own point. Technically, the whole performance is faultless (Du Pré’s famous heart-tugging interpretation with Barbirolli certainly isn’t), though Steven Isserlis (with the LSO and Hickox) on Virgin is sometimes more subtle and interesting, especially in his treatment of the final page’s flashbacks, where you hardly dare draw breath as the Adagio’s theme returns. Sony’s recording is in the demonstration category, however, and with Previn’s distinguished support throughout, this is the one to go for. -- Classics Today [review of SONY 89712]

Vivaldi:

A few years back, Yo-Yo Ma took the endpin out of his 1712 Stradivarius cello, put a on a new bridge and gut strings, got himself one of those funny baroque bows, and lent the historical performance movement real mainstream credibility. After the success of those "Simply Baroque" recordings, he has teamed up again with conductor Ton Koopman and his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, this time for a collection of all Vivaldi. What difference does all this monkeying with the instruments mean to the listener? You get your answer in first few seconds of the CD when Ma and fellow cellist Jonathan Manson team up in the Vivaldi's g minor concerto for two cellos; the tone is softer, somehow purer and warmer, evanescent almost, and the articulation is clean and nimble. Even the selection of music for the collection is in the catholic and thrifty spirit of Vivaldi and his contemporaries; in addition to music originally for cello, Koopman and Ma have arranged many Vivaldi favorites for the cello, including opera arias, the "Laudamus Te" duet from the Gloria, even a section of "Winter" from the Four Seasons. Vivaldi's Cello is a splendid collection, Ma's playing is characteristically gorgeous, and the sounds are warm and collegial. A desert island disk for the baroque lover.-- David Simmons, WQXR [review of SONY 90916, Vivaldi's Cello]

Boccherini:

the main attraction of the current offering is the Boccherini concerto, which receives a masterful reading—elegant and eloquent—from cellist Ma. Zukerman provides distinguished support in his twin roles as partner (in the Sinfonia concertante) and conductor; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is, as expected, absolutely first-rate, and CBS' sound is warm and full. I've been humming themes from the Boccherini concerto for days. Heartily recommended. -- George Chien, FANFARE

Schumann:

In the Cello Concerto Yo-Yo Ma's playing is characteristically refined, but keenly affectionate too... both he and Sir Colin Davis are thoroughly attuned to the sensibility of this composer and the recording balance is excellent. -- -- Penguin Guide [review of Sony 89716]

Bach:

Yo-Yo Ma's playing has a characteristic rhythmic freedom and favours the widest range of dynamic. The improvisatory effect is seemingly spontaneous and these performances are very compelling indeed, for Ma seems right inside every bar of the music. The first-class recording is very real and natural... -- Penguin Guide [review of Sony 89754] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in A minor, Op. 33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
2.
Concerto for Cello in D minor by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
3.
Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1919; England 
4.
Concerto for Cello by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1974; England 
5.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in C major, H 7b no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  José L. Garcia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1761-1765; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
6.
Concerto for Cello no 2 in D major, Op. 101/H 7b no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  José L. Garcia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
7.
Concerto for Cello in B flat major, G 482 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1785 
Venue:  O'Shaughnessey Hall, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 19 Minutes 47 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
9.
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 2nd movement, Largo by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Margaret Faultless (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
10.
Concerto for Cello in B flat major, RV 423 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
11.
La fida ninfa, RV 714: Cosi sugl' occhi miei by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; Venice, Italy 
12.
Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
13.
Giustino, RV 717: La gloria del mio sangue by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Rome, Italy 
14.
Concerto for Cello in C minor, RV 401 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
15.
Juditha triumphans, RV 645: Noli, o cara, te adorantis by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716; Venice, Italy 
16.
Gloria in D major, RV 589: Laudamus te by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
17.
Juditha triumphans, RV 645: Quanto magis generosa by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716; Venice, Italy 
18.
La fida ninfa, RV 714: Dite Ohimč by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ton Koopman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1732; Venice, Italy 
19.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1985 
Venue:  Live  Hercules Hall, Munich, West Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 42 Secs. 
20.
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
21.
From the Bohemian forest, Op. 68/B 133: no 5, Silent Woods by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Bohemia 
22.
Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Bohemia 
23.
Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USSR 
24.
Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo theme, Op. 33 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Russia 
Date of Recording: 10/1991 
Venue:  Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
25.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
26.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
27.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
28.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
29.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
30.
Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
31.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
32.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1865; Austria 
Length: 27 Minutes 35 Secs. 
33.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Length: 28 Minutes 35 Secs. 
34.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
35.
Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Wonderful Collection January 1, 2014 By Samuel C. (South Orange, NJ) See All My Reviews "This is a wonderful collection of easy listening music. The great Yo Yo Ma and a terrific collection of sypmhonies provides the collector of cello music with a real treasure ." Report Abuse
 SUPERIOR REMASTERING-TOP PERFORMANCES September 27, 2013 By P. Ledesma (Wellington, KS) See All My Reviews "This is simply a spectacular addition to anyone's collection! I have been such a huge fan of cellists like Casals and Rostropovich, but Ma proves he belongs in their company as another of the all time greats of the instrument! He made me fall in love Haydn & Boccherini again, just as I did as a teenager! I'd grown to think that classical era music as too elementary and predictable as I'd gravitated to the later romantic styles. But though Ma takes some liberties with the tempo suggestions - much like Stokowski and others - he pulls diamonds out of sheer brilliance! These gems need to be heard to be believed!" Report Abuse
 Great Cello Player Plays Masterworks September 26, 2013 By Nancy B. (Keswick, VA) See All My Reviews "Yo-Yo Ma, of course, plays beautifully. The sound is first-class. All in all, a bargain for 8 CDs." Report Abuse
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