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Songs of Joy & Peace [Import]

Yo-Yo Ma & Friends Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B001BN1V8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. DONA NOBIS PACEM (Give Us Peace) - Yo-Yo Ma, cello
2. YOU COULDN'T BE CUTER - Diana Krall, piano and vocals John Clayton, bass
3. JOY TO THE WORLD - Dave Brubeck, piano and Matt Brubeck, cello Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet
4. HERE COMES THE SUN - James Taylor guitar and vocals
5. Improvisation on DONA NOBIS PACEM (Give Us Peace) - Edgar Meyer, bass Chris Thile, mandolin
6. THE WASSAIL SONG /ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT - Edgar Meyer, bass Chris Thile, mandolin
7. A CHRISTMAS JIG / MOUTH OF THE TOBIQUE REEL - Natalie MacMaster, fiddle
8. THE WEXFORD CAROL - Alison Krauss, vocals
9. PANXOLIÑA: A GALICIAN CAROL - Cristina Pato, bagpipes
10. Improvisation on DONA NOBIS PACEM (Give Us Peace) - Sérgio Assad & Odair Assad, guitar
11. VASSOURINHAS - Sérgio Assad & Odair Assad, guitar
12. Improvisation on DONA NOBIS PACEM (Give Us Peace) - Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet Alon Yavnai, piano
13. INVITACIÓN AL DANZÓN - Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet Alon Yavnai, piano
14. MY ONE AND ONLY LOVE - Joshua Redman, tenor sax
15. FAMILIA - The Assad Familyy
16. CONCORDIA - Dave Brubeck, piano Matt Brubeck, cello
17. MY FAVORITE THINGS - Chris Botti, trumpet
18. TOUCH THE HAND OF LOVE - Renée Fleming, soprano Edgar Meyer, bass Chris Thile, mandolin
19. KUAI LE - Wu Tong, sheng and vocals The Silk Road Ensemble
20. THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE - Amelia Zirin-Brown, vocals
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Editorial Reviews

2008 release, Yo-Yo Ma's first-ever holiday album. Features once-in-a-lifetime performances with incredible guest artists including James Taylor, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Chris Botti, Ren‚e Fleming, Dave Brubeck and more. Imagine a party, a musical party inspired by the holiday spirit. A party that celebrates the universal hopes, dreams and joy animating festivals the world over: Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, Yule and New Year's Day. That is what brought Yo-Yo Ma together with a remarkable group of friends to create SONGS OF JOY & PEACE. It is Yo-Yo's hope that everyone who listens to this album will hear a song familiar and beloved to them as well as discover and fall in love with music that is brand new.

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138 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Dark, Sullen Winter Here! October 16, 2008
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These days anthologies of a given leading musician with assorted guests are commonplace, and we have seen them in rock, jazz, blues, and even country. But Yo-Yo Ma is a classical musician who ventures far into other realms, from his Silk Road Project to Bossa Nova and Tango. Here is a stunning winter holiday album (not all strictly Christmas songs) where Ma makes music with major artists from around the world in unusual instrumental combinations. This album has excellent sound quality, as you would expect, but it is also an unusual 79 minutes long. The great jazz and Latin clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera appears on three tracks. Ma is joined with fiddle and bagpipes in support of an Alison Krauss vocal. Another Celtic combination, French Canadian, includes harp, piano, drums, and Natalie Macmaster on fiddle. Dave Brubeck and his cello-playing son Matt Brubeck appear; that is correct, two cellos. Cello and saxophone combine care of Joshua Redman, and how about cello and ukulele via Jake Shimabukuro! A work composed by Osvaldo Golijov brings together a sheng, santur, tabla, ney, kamancheh, shakuhachi, pipa, and Western strings of cello, violin, violas. Four different improvisations on Dona Nobis Pacem are interspersed among the tracks to help unite the recordings. And the jazz, Celtic, classical, rock, Latin, and pop tunes are all remarkably infused with holiday joy and Ma's sweet and sonorous cello. These fine and mellow pieces are not for dance parties but for enjoying the coziness, warmth, and peace of sitting with friends, viewing a fireplace or holiday lights, and tasting special food and drink. When you finish listening to this CD, expect to find a smile on your face and happiness in your heart.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By J. Kirk
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who enjoys professional instrumentation should find something worthy on this CD. "Songs of Joy & Peace" begins with Yo-Yo Ma's expressive solo of "Dona Dobis Pacem (Give Us Peace)", which will later be the theme of 4 improvisations with various instrumentalists on this CD.

Diana Krall and James Taylor each offer us a nice vocal recording, both of which are mostly non-Christmas, except for a small improv on the piano from Krall before she kicks into the song. Renee Fleming's song seems to be below her normal standard of performance, but is still way above average. The Krall, Taylor and Fleming recordings seem slightly out of place for the theme of a holiday CD, but they all sing with romantic warmth, which makes the inclusion of these recordings more than acceptable.

A major highlight for me is Alison Krauss' beautiful recording of "The Wexford Carol", which is a traditional Irish Christmas carol. Her vocals are perfect and the song seems natural. "The Wexford Carol" is my absolute favorite vocal track on the CD for capturing the traditional passion of the holiday season. The tracks with Chris Botti are also major highlights. I am usually partial to the trumpet with its great melodic tones. (I played the trumpet in school.) Botti sounds really professional alongside Yo-Yo Ma on the cello. Christina Pato on the bagpipes is a nice celtic highlight.

My favorite instrumental track is "My One and Only Love", with Joshua Redman on the saxophone and Yo-Yo Ma on the cello. Yo-Yo shows the expressiveness that has made him famous, and Redman is just phenomenal. "My One and Only Love" is my favorite arrangement, only rivaling the wonderful rendition of "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" with Hawaiian Jake Shimabukuro on the ukulele.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful CD by Yo Yo Ma October 16, 2008
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When I bought Yo-Yo-Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy & Peace, I missed entirely the holiday connection that much of the music has. It wasn't until I actually listened to the CD and heard "Joy to the World" featuring Dave Brubeck on track three that I looked at the cover again and saw a very eclectic but thematically strong collection of holiday music.

Songs of Joy & Peace is a wonderful CD. Yo Yo Ma is at his best on each of the tracks and gives his visiting artists full range. My favorite tracks include:

2. You Couldn't be Cuter with Diana Krall and John Clayton
4. Here Comes the Sun with James Taylor
6. The Wassail Song/All Through the Night with Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile
7. A Christmas Jig/Mouth of the Tobique Reel with Natalie McMaster
8. The Wexford Carol with Alison Krauss
10. Improvisation on Dona Nobis Pacem with Sérgio Assad and Odair Assad
16. Concordia with Dave Brubeck and Matt Brubeck
17. My Favorite Things with Chris Botti

Actually, this is unfair since I enjoyed the entire CD. I purchased the deluxe edition and have only viewed the 5 performances. There are other treasures yet to be explored.

Yo Yo Ma is a treasure and his ability to collaborate with other musicians from other fields and genre's of music is a treat for us all.

I'll leave the discussion about mixing and sound quality to others though it all sounded great to me.

Treat yourself.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy! November 19, 2008
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I watched the bonus DVD first and learned so much about why each song was chosen and how the arrangements came to be. Yo-Yo Ma is an effervescent personality who exudes such love and joy himself, the artists loved working with him. Some were old friends, some new. The music is exceptionally beautiful, with an unexpected selection for the holidays.
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Published 14 days ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing album. Have loved listening to it over and ...
What can I say? This is an amazing album. Have loved listening to it over and over again even if it isn't Christmas. I will enjoy it then too of course!
Published 20 days ago by Lildi
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Published 22 days ago by mariannmccabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite musician
This is a lovely recording and a recording never tire of hearing. You require too many words in my humble opinion.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia S Meek
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo
Very nicely done. The friends get a big share of this recording, but there's plenty of cello in there. I feel the joy, and for sure we all need the peace. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. CUMMINGS
4.0 out of 5 stars I Am Just a Boxer
And my story's seldom told. I have this terrible tendency to put musicians into a box. Marsalis should play nothing but Baroque. And Yo-Yo should play nothing but classical. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jay Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
YoYoMa is always just great to listen to, How could you go wrong especially during the holiday season. Oh yea!
Published 5 months ago by Allison Emmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Most of the music is great...
but I've decided to burn a cd and leave out the tracks I do not like (so I don't have to be hitting the "skip" button). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Victoria L.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
Yo-Yo Ma is the best. Although it's a cd that is great to listen to during Christmas, it's also nice to listen to through out the year.
Published 6 months ago by Danny Nader
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