Traditional music and works of Sharav, Jiping, Mamiya, Ali-Zadeh, Kalher,
Azziolo and Dun
Yo-Yo Ma, cellist/Silk Road Ensemble
SONY SS 89782 TT: 78:54 (5 channel)
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This CD is the result of a three-year project devoted to music
by composers and musicians in China and Central Asia. Music commissioned from
sixteen of these is heard on this CD, recorded in August
2001. Yo-Yo Ma plays in many of the pieces, along with an assortment
of unusual instruments (pipa, sheng, erhu, tabla, ney, setar, santur and
kemancheh). This repertory is not of particular interest to me,
but apparently it is to many - you can visit the website (www.silkroadproject.org)
to find out more. Generous playing time, and very well recorded in
unobtrusive surround sound; no effort was made to separate performers into
discrete channels. Sony's booklet contains photos of all performers
and instruments - and a map of where the music originated - except that
in order to see the entire map you'd have to remove the center pages.
for Cello and Orchestra. Elegy for Cello and Orchestra. Three
Pieces for Solo Cello, Heartwood.
This is a superb CD in every way, with John Williams conducting music he composed
for his good friend Yo-Yo Ma, the featured work being the half-hour concerto
composed in 1994 and premiered at the opening of the new Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood.
detailed review of the regular CD issue of these performances is on this site.
especially enjoyed the rich textures of Heartwood, Williams' music inspired
by the grandeur of trees. This surround recording is 5.1 channel made in April
2001. Sound is ultra wide-range, extraordinarily clear and rather exaggerated
in basswith Yo-Yo right up front, as one would expect. A reminder
this is not a hybrid CDSony
CDs can be played only on a SACD player.
Yo-yo Ma, cellist; Recording Arts Orch. of Los Angeles/John Williams, cond.
SONY SS 89670 TT: 66:46 (5.1 channel)
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