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Bach: Sonatas for Viola da gamba & Harpsichord

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  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma, Kenneth Cooper
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025PV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Melvyn M. Sobel on November 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, even though the artists here are of the highest calibre, this CD of Bach's beautiful Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord is not self-recommending. I say unfortunately because these performances are curiously pedestrian, utterly routine and continuously lacking charm, grace and anything close to depth. It's all quite a terribly dull affair at Bach's expense--- and ours. To add insult to injury, the recording itself is heavily weighted in Ma's favor, which is hardly a bonus; Cooper's harpsichord sounds as if it's in another room somewhere in the distance... droning on and on and on. Even at mid-price, these renditions are simply not competitive.

[Running time: 42:24]
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This CD is what originally got me into classical music years ago and it continues to inspire me and be my favorite album.
Despite what the other reviewer said, i believe this recording contains huge depth and is interpreted beautifully.
A must have for ANY classical music lover(or non-lover).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By f.stephen fredericks on May 15, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
enjoyed but had hoped yo yo would have played a viola da gamba.... that is why i bought it......to hear it as it was written
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
These 'Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsicord' by Yo-Yo Ma (Cello) and Kenneth Cooper (Harpsichord) seem, to my relatively uneducated ear to be of just average quality compared to the great body of recorded Bach available on DVD.

The release is a transfer from an original released on vinyl, so part of the problem may be due to this transfer. I am certain that part of the problem is in the fact that the recording is relatively short as classical DVDs go. A symptom that this is a weakness is the fact that the timings are not even given on the case or the notes.

And, as far as Yo-Yo Ma's performance goes, I was much more moved by a five minute snippet of his performance in the second season of 'The West Wing' than I was by the full recording on this disk.

I can't help shaking the feeling that his heart wasn't in this one.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Pope on September 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I found Yo-Yo-Ma's interpretation of Bach's Sonata No.2 to be outright silly and without any depth. If you want to hear how this should be played correctly, listen to how Lev Aronson played it on his 1725 Goffriller back in 1971. Everyone wants to take a piece of music and "make it their own". Just play it like it is written, with passion, with depth, with understanding and with the intent of doing justice to the composer. Anyone can play notes on a page. My advice to Yo-Yo-Ma and others is to stop playing notes and start playing music. We're all getting tired of it.
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