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Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone


Release Date: 09/28/2004 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 93456   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaGilda Butta
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Listening to the music of Ennio Morricone is a joy for any music lover. Listening to his music as played by Yo-Yo Ma borders on the sublime. Morricone is an iconic film composer, a master melodist whose unique scores are characterized by his bold use of unusual musical techniques, sounds, and textures. The term "spaghetti western" would have less significance without his distinctive contributions. Yo-Yo Ma is a musician in a class by himself. He's an extraordinarily gifted cellist of enormous intellect and a fearless explorer of a broad musical landscape, who seems determined to prove that hardly any genre exists within which he can't excel.
It's evident from the very first notes of YO-YO MA PLAYS ENNIO MORRICONE that this was a labor of
Read more love for both artists. Ma is at his most expressive as he wraps his luminous tone around some of the most beautiful cinematic themes imaginable, including "Gabriel's Oboe" and "The Falls" from THE MISSION, as well as "Nostalgia" and "Looking For You" from CINEMA PARADISO. Morricone's marvelous arrangements, particularly the suites dedicated to some of the great directors he's worked with, provide a perfect vehicle for the star soloist while retaining the music's original character and flavor. Ma's muscular account of "Ecstasy of Gold" from Sergio Leone's epic THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY is notable among the album's many highlights. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
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 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Composer: Ennio Morricone. 
2.
The Mission: The Falls by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Gilda Butta (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Composer: Ennio Morricone. 
3.
Giuseppe Tornatore Suite by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Gilda Butta (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: This suite is based on the following film scores: 'THE LEGEND OF 1900,' 'CINEMA PARADISO,' 'MALENA,' 'A PURE FORMALITY.' 
4.
Sergio Leone Suite by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Gilda Butta (Piano)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 14 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This suite is based on the film scores 'ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA' and 'THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY.' 
5.
Brian de Palma Suite by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Gilda Butta (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: This suite is based on the film scores 'CASUALTIES OF WAR' and 'THE UNTOUCHABLES.' 
6.
Moses and Marco Polo Suite by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Gilda Butta (Piano)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This suite is based on the film scores 'MOSES' and 'MARCO POLO.' 
7.
La Califfa: Dinner by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Gilda Butta (Piano)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Composer: Ennio Morricone. 
8.
La Califfa: Nocturne by Ennio Morricone
Performer:  Gilda Butta (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Date of Recording: 06/2003 
Venue:  Forum Music Village Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Composer: Ennio Morricone. 

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