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Bach Trios (Awaiting Repress)Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer perform works by J.S. Bach originally written for keyboard instruments plus a sonata for viola da gamba. Ma, Thile, and Meyer last recorded together, with Stuart Duncan, on the Grammy Award–winning album Goat Rodeo Sessions, which the Los Angeles Times called "haunting, invigorating, often breathtaking." The vinyl edition of Bach Trios will be pressed on two 140-gram vinyl discs.1. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace
2. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: II. Lento
3. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: III. Allegro
4. Prelude No. 19 in A Major from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I, BWV 864
5. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
6. Fugue No. 20 in A Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II, BWV 889
7. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
8. Prelude No. 18 in E Minor, BWV 548
9. Fugue No. 18 in E Minor, BWV 548
10. Passepied from Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829
11. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Kimmel herunter, BWV 650
12. Contrapunctus XIII: Rectus from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
13. Contrapunctus XIII: Inversus from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
14. Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
15. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: I. Vivace
16. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: II. Adagio
17. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: III. Allegro
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Plays The Music Of John WilliamsImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
PVC Protective Sleeve
Includes 4-Page Booklet
Unique Collaboration Between John Williams And Yo-yo Ma
Available On Vinyl For The First Time!
Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams is a 2002 album of John Williams compositions performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles.
For an instrument with such rich expressive powers, the cello has long suffered from a shortage of great concertos. Leave it to John Williams, the composer best known for his popular, emotionally charged scores to Star Wars, ET, and many other blockbuster movies, to ride to the rescue with a new "Cello Concerto", an intense, expressive, and rhythmically vital offering tailor-made for Yo-Yo Ma's dexterous touch.
Like the composer's "Violin Concerto", this one is imbued with impressionistic textures and colors, but there's also a hard-driving, modern edge. Call it 21st-century Ravel. Williams wrote the concerto with Ma in mind, and it's a test of even Ma's formidable technique. It also boasts powerful orchestral writing, especially for the percussion and brass.
Three other premieres are included on the album as well. The "Elegy for Cello and Orchestra" is a lyrical and atmospheric tone poem, with shades of Fauré at every turn of phrase. The expressionistic "Three Pieces for Solo Cello", though, seem more akin to Benjamin Britten's solo cello suites in their abstract, concentrated intensity. Heartwood is another tender and sensitive reverie. It gradually builds in strength but ends as it began, with a whisper of tranquil serenity.
Ma's virtuosity is dazzling, and his engagement with the music is typically deep. He makes clear that Williams's music isn't just for the movies; indeed, with his new concerto, Williams has done the cello a great service.
Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and is now finally available on vinyl for the first time. A 4-page booklet with an extensive story written by John Williams is included.LP 1
1. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
- I. Theme and Cadenza
- II. Blues
- III. Scherzo
- IV. Song
2. Elegy for Cello And Orchestra
1. Three Pieces for Solo Cello
- I. Rosewood
- II. Pickin'
- III. the Long Way North
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The Goat Rodeo SessionsThe last time cellist Yo-Yo Ma teamed with bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin player Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers fame) for a classical/bluegrass hybrid, the result was the gold-selling Songs of Joy & Peace. Here, Ma, Meyer, and Thile are joined by fiddler Stuart Duncan in a different kind of string quartet.
The slang phrase "goat rodeo," according the Urban Dictionary, "is about the most polite term used by aviation people (and others in higher risk situations) to describe a scenario that requires about 100 things to go right at once if you intend to walk away from it." That may be overstating the case for a group of musicians, most of whom have worked together and succeeded before, but it also carries a rural connotation that is appropriate for music that is, for the most part, closer to bluegrass than classical. The tunes were written by Duncan, Meyer, and Thile, and Ma's role is largely supportive. After the fast pieces Attaboy and Quarter Chicken Dark, Helping Hand is the first slower number, with Thile switching to guitar and Duncan taking over the mandolin for a musical conversation between the two instruments.
Where's My Bow? is a violin/cello/bass trio with Thile sitting out, and it is one of the few tracks that leans more toward the classical side, boasting a big, dramatic finish. The more exotic Here and Heaven finds both Thile and Meyer at times playing the Renaissance instrument the gamba, as Duncan picks up a fretless banjo, all of them backing a vocal duet between Thile and Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still. Meyer moves to piano for the slow, thoughtful Franz and the Eagle, another piece that has more of a classical bent.
The rest of the album is in a progressive bluegrass mode, Less Is Moi mixing several short themes and allowing room for improvisation, and 13:8 taken quickly, with Duncan and Thile interacting briskly. It doesn't really seem as if 100 things had to go right for The Goat Rodeo Sessions to work; it only required four or five talented musicians to play and sing in sympathetic unity, and that they did, making this a satisfying experience for more adventurous classical and bluegrass fans.LP1
2. Quarter Chicken Dark
3. Helping Hand
4. Where's My Bow?
5. Here and Heaven
6. Franzand the Eagle
1. Less is Moi
2. Hill Justice
3. No One But You
5. Goat Rodeo
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