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The legendary cellist struck an incredible crossover chord with 2003's lush, exotic excursion Obrigado Brazil, which was the fastest-selling recording of his career and was nominated for four Grammys, including Best Classical Crossover Album. Inspired by working in the studio with clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad, singer/guitarist Rosa Passos, pianist Kathryn Scott, percussionist Cyro Baptista, and bassist Nilson Matta, Ma gathered the group for an electrifying live show at Carnegie Hall — which is the basis for this compelling multicultural concert disc. Reaching beyond the original repertoire, Ma opens with a rousing "Libertango" (the first of several Argentine tangos by Astor Piazzolla) and works with D'Rivera on some Latin-flavored originals — the spirited "Merengue," the haunting and lyrical "Afro," and the jaunty "Wapango," which Ma and the clarinetist play like a frolicsome cat and mouse dance. Among a program of extraordinary depth are several familiar tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim — including the swaying "Chega de Saudade" (featuring the graceful vocals of Passos) and, of course, an irresistible "Aguas de Marco" (Waters of March), where Ma matches Passos note for note while also swirling around her in spots.

Biography

Born: October 7, 1955 in Paris, France

Genre: Classical

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

Yo-Yo Ma is the cello's foremost contemporary proponent; while primarily a classical performer, he has also made a number of highly successful crossover recordings. Born October 7, 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris, he began playing the cello at the age of four, later studying with Janos Scholz; in 1962, he also became the pupil of Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School, and was the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize in 1978. A Harvard graduate, Ma made his initial impact performing...
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