boasts an incredibly large library of repertoire , so it can be hard to choose which album you should buy (unless you have the option of buying them all). Yo-Yo Ma
is truly talented in all types of music; none of his crossover albums have ever failed. This top ten list of Yo-Yo Ma albums provides a wide field of musical styles from which to choose.
This best of Yo-Yo Ma album is amazing, and by amazing, I mean incredible! His superb musicality and talent allow him to crossover into any genre with remarkable ease. If you are just skimming the surface of Yo-Yo Ma's music, I suggest you buy this CD. With songs like the theme from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", 1B from "Appalachian Journey", and Libertango from "Soul of Tango" (no. 8 on this list), its a perfect doorway into the musical world of Yo-Yo Ma.
If you love the Baroque period, youll love this CD. Yo-Yo Ma delivers yet again, a flawless performance of perfectly balanced and playful pieces by Bach and Boccherini. The smooth lines that Yo-Yo Ma plays in songs such as Hunting Cantata and Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme are a sure fire way to rid stress any day.
Melt away in the lush Brazilian melodies while sipping a cup of hot coco or tea and dream of paradise. Yo-Yo Ma collaborated and performed with other high caliber artists to create this masterful CD. Although Yo-Yo Ma is on the cover, artists such as Rosa Passos and Sergio and Odair Assad take center stage in several songs. It is said that Yo-Yo Mas heartfelt musicianship brings out the best in others; this CD holds true to that saying.
No classical music
collection is complete without this CD. Yo-Yo Ma brilliantly brings to life the flowing melodies Bach so masterfully created. My favorite piece, and perhaps the most famous, is No. 1 in G Major - Prelude; there is only one word to describe it perfect. Its Yo-Yo Ma in his purest form.
Unlike the first four albums, this CD shows a different side of Yo-Yo Ma. The pieces by Charles Ives and Leon Kirchner are dissonant and tense. If you are not a fan of that type of music, dont worry. Also on this album are the very famous Three Preludes for Piano by George Gershwin and two clarinet sonatas by Leonard Bernstein.
If you are looking for large classical works, this is the right CD for you. Yo-Yo Ma plays the works of Haydn, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Dvorak, and Elgar with the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra respectively. Yo-Yo Mas heartfelt performance is breathtaking.
Yo-Yo Ma teams up with pianist Emmanuel Ax to create this lovely CD. The album consists of three sonatas, op. 38, op. 99, and op. 108. Both Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax work delightfully well together to bring the music of Brahms to life. Their extraordinary talent is apparent throughout the entire CD; there is never a dull moment.
Want to take a break from classical music? Yo-Yo Ma does in this unbelievably fun album. The traditional tango music by internationally known, Astor Piazzolla, is a mix of jazz and classical style. The first track, Libertango, is sure to get you dancing no matter where you are; its smooth lines will give you goose-bumps.
Yo-Yo Ma takes his talent to new heights. He explores and experiments with songs from countries along the ancient silk trade routes from China to the Middle East to Northern Europe. The perfect blend and balance of each piece is a testament to Yo-Yo Mas artistry as well as the artistry of those with whom he collaborated.
Yo-Yo Ma and Ennio Morricone join together to recreate the beautiful music Morricone is famous for. He has composed over a hundred film scores, most notably The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in America, and The Untouchables. Whether you are a diehard fan of any of these movies or have never seen them, this CD will not let you down.