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Album Review

Performing on the baroque cello (outfitted with gut strings and without an endpin, making it so that the performer has to clutch the instrument between his/her legs), Yo-Yo Ma delivers the warm, listener-friendly classical music that he has become known for. Supported by conductor Ton Koopman's period Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ma presents a wholly unusual interpretation of some of Bach's better known Baroque works, as well as some lesser known pieces by Italian composer Luigi Boccherini.

The sound of the baroque cello changes the mood of each familiar piece to something warmer and more intimate. The string composition has a less dry tone than the usual wound string, and the absence of the endpin means that there is no sound traveling through the floor, therefore all of the sound comes directly from the body of the instrument. Ma's skilled handling of the pieces evolve Simply Baroque beyond an interesting experiment and into a beautiful listening experience.

Customer Reviews

Yo-Yo Ma is the best!

Ma's playing is perfect as always. This kind of music is worth every penny. I would download this for sure. I also would recommend another album that I just heard and is amazing. It is called "4 Hands on Piano" by Judith Burganger and Leonid Treer. It is truly extraordinary to hear 20 fingers on one piano. You can find it by searching 4 hands on piano.

Re-release of a very fine album

This is a re-release of a very fine album from 1999. Good value for $10, Ma's playing is great as expected.

Eh, he's done better

This was the Ma's experiment with doing the period performance thing. It's not a crash and burn exactly but the missmatch of Koopman and Ma just was too much to bear. I like both performers generally, but just not in this context. Better luck next him.- Bz


Born: October 7, 1955 in Paris, France

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Multiple Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma has a celebrity status and appeal that stretch far beyond fans of classical music. His success is due to a willingness to try new things, a genuine wish to share what he enjoys, plus a mastery of his instrument that comes through regardless of the musical style. Ma was born in Paris and, as the child of two musicians, naturally began music lessons very early, trying piano and all the string instruments before settling on cello. His first public performance...
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