& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music ... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by Round3
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Shipped next day from GA, United States. All products are inspected and playing quality guaranteed (excluding any digital content). Our friendly multilingual customer service team will be happy to resolve your queries.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams

3.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, February 19, 2002
"Please retry"
$9.99
$6.90 $0.46

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.
$9.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams
  • +
  • Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone
Total price: $19.84
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Product Description

This summit meeting of Oscar-winning composer John Williams and celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma features world premiere recordings of music for cello.
Genre: Classical Music
Rating:
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: Compact Disk

Amazon.com

Film scorers who diligently pursue separate careers as composers of serious concert works (Korngold and Morricone, for two) frequently see the former trumpeted far and wide at the expense--and often woeful neglect--of the latter. Even John Williams, the most heralded film composer of the past quarter-century, hasn't been immune. But this compelling collection shouldn't be overlooked. Indeed, the participation of superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma should gain it wider appeal in classical circles. But while Ma's dramatic, ever-masterful work takes star billing, it's the challenging framework of Williams's compositions (three of which--the Concerto, Three Pieces for Solo Cello, and "Heartwood"--were specifically written for Ma) that's the album's true focus. Even admirers of Williams's more adventurous film work (i.e., Close Encounters and A.I.) may be startled at the deeply introspective landscape he explores here. His always intriguing use of color finds its perfect voice in Ma, whose restless technical explorations here encompass even percussion. The Concerto alone ranges from a welcoming brass flourish in its opening movement through a personal and obtuse take on the blues in its second, before reaching an uneasy pastoral resolve. The emotionally potent "Elegy" stems from noble, intensely personal work Williams composed as a memorial for a friend's fallen children, while Three Pieces for Solo Cello explore the American black experience through an ostensibly unlikely, if eventually rewarding choice of instrument. "Heartwood" offers up an impressionistic tone poem of understated grandeur, as well as another of Williams's great gifts--his continued ability to take a listener by surprise. --Jerry McCulley
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
9:12
Listen Now $0.99
 
2
30
4:39
Listen Now $0.99
 
3
30
5:12
Listen Now $0.99
 
4
30
11:12
Listen Now $0.99
 
5
30
6:22
Listen Now $0.99
 
6
30
5:36
Listen Now $0.99
 
7
30
2:35
Listen Now $0.99
 
8
30
6:14
Listen Now $0.99
 
9
30
15:42
Listen Now $0.99
 

Product Details

  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams
  • Orchestra: Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles
  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Composer: John [Film Composer] Williams
  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005YVQ8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Yo-Yo Ma Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
About his cello concerto I don't need to explain too much because it depends on your taste. Most of his works we are familiar with are those film scores which are definitely excellent and valuable. This CD is so called "concert music" that belongs to contemporary music,along with his" Tree Song" album, they just showed another aspect of John.In my heart,John is the one of the best composers of all time, because his film music has both quality and quantity,it's difficult for a composer to have both them,but he does.I enjoy two pieces in this CD. The "Elegy", is a beautiful sentimental piece for cello and orchestra, it is adapted from a movement of his film music "Seven Years In Tibet". Another piece is "Heartwood",this sounds just like film music, smooth,tender and charming. If you like John I think you should have it because whatever he wrote, we can always clearly feel that John is the one of distinguished masters in all time,and his talent always shines so brightly.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I have been waiting to hear a recording of the Cello Concerto since it was premiered in '93. I can honestly say it was worth the wait. The concerto is a beautifully scored, haunting, expansive work, which quickly grows on a listener. Not surprisingly, given his relationship with Yo-Yo Ma, the cello part is highly individual, allowing Yo-Yo to explore the full range of his talent. Though at times stark, and certainly introspective, I found it a much warmer work than his previous disc (Treesong, etc), with numerous fingerprints of Williams' style (even with snatches from the film scores). This is not to say that Williams is incapable of avoiding film music cliches (as these works are not calculated to appeal to a pop music audience); on the contrary, it speaks to the true range of his talent--film scores that are "serious" works, and concert pieces that can enjoy a wide following.
"The Elegy for Cello" is adapted from "Seven Years in Tibet," and is extremely welcome, as the melody on that disc invited so much exploration. "The Three Pieces for Cello" are quite arresting, atmospheric works that evoke the African American struggle in three brief sketches. "Heartwood" is a fascinating piece as well, a fitting bookend to the concerto, which explores a side of Williams at once familiar, yet surprisingly new (to my ears, at any rate). In short, I am thrilled to own this disc and encourage listeners to expand their perceptions of John Williams beyond the stereotype of "a film composer," and see him in his proper light, as a composer in the mold of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Vaughan-Williams, Rota, etc., who could write in any medium successfully, and more importantly, have something to say.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I'm not one for attacking people on their personal opinions, but I have to react on the review of kenwuest, certainly since this review is so poorly argumented. I've looked at kenwuest's profile and what struck me was the amount of film scores reviewed by this person. I myself got to know Williams through his film scores, in fact, my interest in classical music was kindled by his music. Apparently though, Kenwuest has never gotten beyond the film scores and seems to think that, since he has listened to a lot of film music, he can give a well-considered review on this complex, modern classical music. As ozoneghost says in his review: "If you're not familiar with or don't intellectually and emotionally appreciate modern composition, this CD is NOT for you. You're JUST NOT gonna get it." And indeed, Kenwuest did not get it. But please, don't slash something if you don't understand it. And certainly not in words like "Listening to this is about as much fun as drilling teeth.", at least have the decency to say "I find listening to this...", it's a purely subjective statement, not a fact.
So, what is my opinion on this music. I have listened to this record several times now and I must confess that I do not understand all of it, but what I do understand, I like very much. The pieces for cello solo are thrilling and sometimes really swing, Ma's performance being excellent. I hope these pieces will find their way in the standard cellist repertoire, like the suites by Britten and Kodaly. The elegy is of course the dream of every cellist, ranking with the elegy by faure en the kol nidrei by Bruch. The cello concerto and Heartwood are still a bit unclear to me, being I guess the less accessible pieces on the record, though they are both exhilirating works, I'll need a little bit more time to really get their meaning (so, this review will certainly be updated).
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on September 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a warm , sometimes dark, sometimes exciting and sometimes hypnotic concerto. The recording is very good and the playing excellent. For the fans of John Williams Star Wars scores (I have all of them), but not of "contemporary" classical music this may not be a good choice right now but you could try. This is not an action score with heroic leitmotivs or as another reviewer put it, this is nor Cinema Serenade (very good). If you compare it to a score, the closest could be A.I. (but only in some parts). I dont think this is unaccessible and do not believe in that term. I also dont think that one has to "understand" a piece of music. You just relax, concentrate, and listen carefully without distractions. Listen to the music and do not judge it by comparing it to movie scores. This is John Williams composing twentieth century style music without being too experimental or complex like for example Lutoslawski, or Stockhausen and at the same time not as "ear friendly" as most movie scores.
If you liked Cristopher Rouse Cello Concerto with Yo Yo Ma you could like this also. If you want to try out Yo Yo in an established Masterpiece, try Shostakovich Cello Concerto.
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: movie scores, dennis chambers