Yo-Yo Ma - Appasionato (2007) (Repost)

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Yo-Yo Ma - Appasionato (2007) (Repost)

Yo-Yo Ma - Appasionato (2007)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 65:19 | 164 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Sony Classical

This disc repackages tracks of a romantic mood from a variety of Yo-Yo Ma discs released over the course of his strong-selling album career. A few of them (track 2, for example) come from recordings of straight-ahead classical repertory, and there are several new tracks, but most are taken from the cellist's fabulously successful series of crossover recordings, including Obrigado Brazil, Appalachia Waltz, and his collection of music by Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. These have all been innovative attempts to communicate with a wide audience, and it is a bit disconcerting to see Ma backing off from such innovation with this relatively conventional package of excerpts. There is, however, nothing whatsoever wrong with what Ma does here, taken on its own terms; his warm but never overdone way with a tune is everywhere in evidence, and the program does constitute a sort of de facto encore disc, mixing single movements of classical works with melodies from semi-popular traditions, of the kind Ma has never recorded but that, 50 years ago, would have seemed normal to any number of concert artists. It is also nice to hear a couple of selections from the Morricone disc, less familiar than blockbusters such as Appalachia Waltz; the concluding excerpt from the soundtrack to The Mission, with Morricone himself conducting, shows Ma's ear for instant crowd-pleasers nobody else has thought of. The bottom line is that the disc works as a pleasant crowd-pleaser and as a sampler of Ma's later work, even if one of his original discs will be more deeply satisfying.

Yo-Yo Ma - Appasionato (2007) (Repost)

Track List:

1. Memoirs of a Geisha, film score: Going To School 2:46
Composed by John Williams [composer]
Performed by John Williams [composer] and Yo-Yo Ma
2. Sonata for cello & piano in A major (arr. from "Sonata for violin & piano"): Allegretto poco mosso 6:03
Composed by Cйsar Franck
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott
3. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 2 3:44
Composed by George Gershwin
Performed by Jeffrey Kahane and Yo-Yo Ma
4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno," The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4), Op. 8/4, RV 297: Largo 1:47
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma
Conducted by Ton Koopman
5. Obrigado Brazil: Doce De Coco 5:14
Composed by Unspecified
Performed by Paquito D'Rivera, Romero Lubambo and Yo-Yo Ma
6. Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49: Largo 5:56
Composed by Dmitry Kabalevsky
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Eugene Ormandy
7. Cinema Paradiso, film score: Nostalgia 1:53
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Conducted by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma
8. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements 3:10
Composed by Camille Saint-Saлns
Performed by Robert Casadesus and Yo-Yo Ma
9. Swallow Song 5:23
Composed by Unspecified
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Kojiro Umezaki
10. Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra in A minor ("Double"), Op. 102: Andante 7:24
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Isaac Stern
11. Soledad, tango 9:06
Composed by Astor Piazzolla
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Octavio Brunetti
12. Mikin Pekko (Finnish Folk Song) 1:58
Composed by Mimiya
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Joel Fan
13. Appalachia Waltz: First Impressions 4:11
Composed by Unspecified
Performed by Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O'Connor
14. Work(s): Song Without Words 4:08
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn
Performed by Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma
15. The Mission, film score: Gabriel's Oboe 2:24
Composed by Ennio Morricone
Conducted by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma