Edgar Meyer (piano), Emanuel Ax (piano), Gaby Casadesus (piano), Isaac Stern (violin), Jeffrey Kahane (piano), Joel Fan (piano), John Williams (piano), Kathryn Stott (piano), Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi), Mark O'Connor (violin), Octavio Brunetti (piano)
composed by Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla, Camille Saint-SaŰns, CÚsar Franck, Chinese Traditional, Dmitry Kabalevsky, Edgar Meyer, Ennio Morricone, Felix Mendelssohn, George Gershwin, Jacob Do Bandolim, Johannes Brahms, John Williams, Michio Mamiya
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 ... Show synopsis 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...