The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
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iTunes Editors’ Notes
Yo-Yo Ma enjoyed so much well-deserved success early on that by his mid-30s he was able to start exploring in earnest music outside the European Classical canon. His Essential collection is helpfully divided into a classical first half (or side one) and a crossover part (or side two). Familiar favorites from Bach (“Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”) and Vivaldi (the Largo movement from his Concerto in F minor) open the album, followed by selections by composers from the Romantic (Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, Massenet) and contemporary (Shostakovich, Kreisler, Gershwin) eras. Beyond that, Ma’s latter-day explorations of Brazilian and Chinese traditions—as well as bluegrass, jazz, standards from The Great American Songbook, and soundtrack music—have been curated here. Highlights include “Simple Gifts,” performed as a lovely duet with vocalist Alison Krauss, and a jaunty reading of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.”
Beautiful song, but don't buy this version as the recording blends into another song and it cuts off abruptly at the end. I bought it and was disappointed. Buy the stand alone version from the soundtrack. Happy listening!
Essential Yo-Yo Ma
A great album with a variety of selections that should please everyone. The classical to modern numbers allow Ma to display his outstanding virtuosity. This is a fantastic bargain for a two-disc set.
All the best songs, diverse, and performed with perfection-Highly recommended if you want an easy listen.
Born: October 7, 1955 in Paris, France
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Yo-Yo Ma
||Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude||Bach: Cello Suites Nos. 1, 5 & 6||2:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Simple Gifts||Classic Yo-Yo||2:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Air and Simple Gifts||Air and Simple Gifts - Single||4:30||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BWV 1007: I. Prélude||The Essential Yo-Yo Ma||2:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Mission: Gabriel's Oboe||Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone (Remastered)||3:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Gabriel's Oboe||The Essential Yo-Yo Ma||3:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Thaïs: Méditation||The Essential Yo-Yo Ma||5:48||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Attaboy||The Goat Rodeo Sessions||5:42||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prélude||Inspired By Bach: The Cello Suites||2:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sayuri's Theme (iTunes Session)||Memoirs of a Geisha (iTunes Session) - EP||4:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|