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Yo-Yo Ma: Solo Super Audio CD - DSD

3.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma
  • Composer: Bright Sheng, David Wilde, Alexander Tcherepnin, Zoltan Kodaly, Mark O'Connor
  • Audio CD (September 21, 1999)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00003JA1P
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on September 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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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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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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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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. mr.ma 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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By A Customer on 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 very...well..cool (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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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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