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Yo-Yo Ma: Solo

Yo-Yo Ma , Bright Sheng , David Wilde , Mark O'Connor Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Appalachia Waltz (Solo Cello Version) [Clean] 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Seven Tunes Heard in China: I. Seasons [Clean] 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Seven Tunes Heard in China: II. Guessing Song [Clean]0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Seven Tunes Heard in China: III. Little Cabbage [Clean] 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Seven Tunes Heard in China: IV. The Drunken Fisherman [Clean] 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Seven Tunes Heard in China: V. Diu Diu Dong [Clean] 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Seven Tunes Heard in China: VI. Pastoral Ballade [Clean] 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Seven Tunes Heard in China: VII. Tibetan Dance [Clean] 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Cellist of Sarajevo - A Lament in Rondo Form for Solo 'Cello, Op. 12 [Clean] 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Suite for Cello Solo: I. Quasi Cadenza (quarter note=80) [Clean] 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. II. quarter note=96 [Clean] 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. III. eighth note=42 [Clean] 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Suite for Cello Solo: IV. Vivace (quarter note=104) [Clean] 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionato [Clean] 8:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. II. Adagio [Clean] 9:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. III. Allegro molto vivace [Clean] 9:30$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Composer: Bright Sheng, David Wilde, Mark O'Connor
  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B00000K4II
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Born in Paris of Chinese parents, educated and anchored in America, performing on every continent, Yo-Yo Ma is a true citizen of the world by heritage, disposition, and choice. Dauntlessly adventurous, he has explored musical styles from baroque and classical to bluegrass, jazz, and electronic; now he has embarked on a study of the cultural traditions of the peoples along the historic Silk Road that brought Asia and Europe together. This disc is the first step on that journey of discovery; it is fascinating, and Ma is the perfect guide. Sheng's Seven Chinese Tunes are beautiful and each has its own character; the cello is tuned down for sonority. Wilde's lamentatious The Cellist of Sarajevo honors the cellist who played in that city's streets every day to commemorate the dead. Tcherepnin's rhapsodic Suite in three contrasting movements has a distinctly Chinese flavor. O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz was originally written for three instruments; with double stops and drones, it sounds perfectly self-sufficient. Indeed, Ma's playing throughout is stunning: it often seems impossible that one man and one instrument can create such a wealth of sounds. His tone is invariably pure and beautiful, sonorous as an organ on the low strings, radiant on top; he negotiates the most hair-raising pyrotechnics with apparent ease, his palette of colors is unlimited, and he is at home in every style and idiom. He even gives the fiendishly difficult Kodály sonata--with its incredible sound effects and fireworks--musical and emotional expression, making it sing, speak, shout, whisper, dance, and cry. --Edith Eisler

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4.0 out of 5 stars New vistas in music September 17, 1999
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I am sure that much of the music on this offering will not be to every one's taste. There are moments of great beauty, moments of grating sounds that were never meant to please but to conjure up images. Still in all, who can not marvel at the miracle of what this artist can do as an unaccompanied player? Ms. Eisler's comments above leave little left to say. To extend her metaphor, not only is this recital one step on a journey to consider the music of other cultures, but perhaps one towards an appreciation of what music can do beyond that which is afforded by the standard repertory. Again not to every one's taste but highly recommended for many.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kodaly is Brilliant November 7, 1999
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Ever since I heard the Kodaly live I have profound respect for anyone who tries to tackle this technical giant of a work. Ma's recording has surpassed any other performance of this work in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music for a french movie November 3, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I think everyone who has seen Leos Carax' great film 'Les Amants du Pont Neuf' will remember the beautiful, expressive Sonate pour violoncello seul, op.8 by Zoltan Kodaly, played in the film by a musician named Julien in the corridors of the Paris Metro. It's a wonderful piece, timeless and full of emotional power. Yo-Yo Ma really is a great musician who does not hesitate to follow a path of his own, exploring great but neglected pieces of music. The other pieces are in a very similar mood, but Kodaly's piece is outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant modern cello September 20, 2001
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a caveat-- i bought this album two days before the destruction of the wtc. i keep going back to it as waves of grief roll through me in the aftermath.
that being said, this is a stark, remarkably beautiful album. mr. ma is sometimes maligned for being overly romantic in his approach to the modern cello, but i would argue that, as this album attests, it is not romanticism, ie., emotion for the sake of emotion ungrounded in reality, but rather finding the raw emotion within the expression of the music. case in point-- "the cellist of sarajevo." this one piece captures the tragic story it represents--a single cellist returning to the spot of a massacre at the exact time each day to memorialize the event. at once captures the grief, but also the muted hope and apsiration of the human spirit wrestling with the existential reality of death. the rest of the album is similarly powerful, taking us through some possibly unfamiliar composers. the two sonatas are moving, dark, but gorgeous. the chinese folk songs remind us of mr. ma's heritage, and the reprise of "appalachian waltz" as a solo piece remind us of our own heritage as americans. together they form a portrait of not only mr. ma, but also of each us as persons of history, creativity, and love. thank you, yo yo ma.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow........ August 10, 2000
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I can't help but applaud Yo-Yo Ma's move away from standard cello music-he's doing a fine job at it. This CD features wonderful (and original) pieces. Mark O'Conner's Appalachian Waltz is (how often do you hear unmetered waltzes?). However, what makes this CD shine is Zoltan Kodaly's Sonata. The performance of this wonderful piece is impeccable. This is a fantastic CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yo Yo Om June 11, 2013
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If you are looking for music to take you away into your own imagination, I would recommend this. Of course, Mr. Ma is genius, and you will find nothing but bliss here.
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