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|Johann Sebastian Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Ton Koopman|
Yo-Yo Ma - Simply Baroque II ~ Bach & Boccherini / ABO, Koopman
This is the sequel to Yo-Yo Ma's wildly successful Simply Baroque, released last year. Again joined by the excellent Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, with Ton Koopman conducting from the harpsichord, he plays with a baroque bo... more »
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This is the sequel to Yo-Yo Ma's wildly successful Simply Baroque, released last year. Again joined by the excellent Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, with Ton Koopman conducting from the harpsichord, he plays with a baroque bow on his 1712 Stradivarius cello "reconfigured" as a baroque instrument with gut strings and no endpin and tuned a half-tone lower. This gives it a mellower, more subdued sound, though his tone, despite very sparing vibrato, retains its unique expressive warmth and purity. (In concert, he currently performs on his Montagnana cello and one made recently by the well-known American luthiers Moes & Moes.) The program again features two Boccherini concertos and a group of Bach transcriptions for cello and orchestra by Koopman, including the Aria from the Goldberg Variations. These are only intermittently successful and make great demands on the soloist. Ma, of course, meets the demands handily, soaring to stratospheric heights, blending into the orchestra, and weaving figurations around it. The Boccherini concertos are the core of the record, notably the famous B-flat, for which Ma and Koopman went back to the originals in search of a more authentic version than the familiar one (which was actually conflated later from several others by Grützmacher, a cellist and editor). Here, Ma has ample opportunity to display his virtuosity, his charm, and his pleasure in intimate give-and-take with the orchestra; one can almost see him smile. The result is pure delight. --Edith Eisler
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Debbie C. (debisbooked)
Reviewed on 8/29/2009...
I have Yo Yo Ma's first Baroque CD and really enjoy it. I hesitated on getting the second one based on unflattering revues of it. I am not a movie critic though so I cannot compare one to another or to other baroque music. The CD came, I listened, and listened again and again. To me, that's all the test I need. If you enjoy baroque music you will enjoy this CD.
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CelloTranscriptions Meet The Early Music Scene
Nicholas Good | Topeka, KS | 10/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Music: Both Vol 1 and this disc are really about Bach and Boccherini -- no other baroque composers are offered. I tend to think of Boccherini as early classical, not baroque. However this is all wonderful music, and a good juxtaposition of composers, even if the title is a little misleading.Having decided make transcriptions of Bach works written for other combinations a core offering of both this disc and the earlier vol 1, YoYo Ma avoids merely rehashing the warhorses that we have heard in endless arrangements and focused on less frequently transcribed works. All of them will be familiar to an avid Bach listener, but he goes way beyound the stereo-typed Jesu, Joy and Sheep May Safely Graze type of arrangements. Many of the selections are pieces that were Bach's own favorites as evidenced by the multiple versions that he himself circulated. I think the effectiveness of Ton Koopman's arrangements is a key component of the musical success of these albums.The Performances: A very effective partnership between a early music group and a performer using a modified modern setup. It has the crispness and lightness and nuanced articulation that are hallmarks of the HIP (historically informed performance) movement without sounding academic in any way.I have a very large classical CD collection and I keep listening to this one over and over. I would recommend it both to newcomers to classical music and to experienced classical listeners."
Yo-Yo Ma has done it again....
Trevor Gillespie | 08/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album truly lives up to all we have come to expect of the world's most prominent cellist. Ma's sweet nuances do wonders for the classic baroque pieces, bringing these standards to life in a most enchanting way. Unfortunately, only two composers are showcased in this recording (but the pieces prove to be good selections). Well worth your time and money."