Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach & Boccherini (6-CD)

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Discs: 6
Record Label: Sony
Release Date: April 27, 2018

Describing the 1982 recording of the Bach’s Cello Suites by, arguably, the world’s favorite cellist, the Penguin Guide wrote that Yo-Yo Ma’s playing “has a characteristic rhythmic freedom and favors the widest range of dynamic. The improvisatory effect is seemingly spontaneous, and these performances are very compelling indeed, for Ma seems right inside every bar of the music. The first-class recording is very real and natural.” This Grammy® Award-winning cycle forms the heart of this 6-CD reissue, which also has the American cellist performing Bach’s three Viola da Gamba Sonatas with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper; transcriptions of Bach chorales and orchestral works plus cello concertos by Boccherini in collaboration with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; and, for good measure, concertos and other works by Boccherini and Johann Christian Bach with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman.

Contents:

Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
1984 Grammy® Award, Best Classical Performance–Instrumental Soloist (without Orchestra)

Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
1984 Grammy® Award, Best Classical Performance–Instrumental Soloist (without Orchestra)

Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009
1984 Grammy® Award, Best Classical Performance–Instrumental Soloist (without Orchestra)

Bach Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, BWV 1010
1984 Grammy® Award, Best Classical Performance–Instrumental Soloist (without Orchestra)

Bach Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011
1984 Grammy® Award, Best Classical Performance–Instrumental Soloist (without Orchestra)

Bach Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
1984 Grammy® Award, Best Classical Performance–Instrumental Soloist (without Orchestra)

Bach Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1027
Kenneth Cooper harpsichord

Bach Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1028
Kenneth Cooper harpsichord

Bach Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029
Kenneth Cooper harpsichord

Bach Canata, BWV 167, “Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach The Passion of Our Lord According to Saint Matthew, BWV 244, “Erbarme dich”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Cantata, BWV 147 (Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben), “Jesu, bleibet meine Freude”
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Cantata, BWV 22, “Ertöt' und durch dein' Güte”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Chorale Prelude, BWV 639, “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Chorale Prelude, BWV 650, “Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Cantata, BWV 163, “Lass mein Herz die Münze sein”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Cantata, BWV 136, “Dein Blut, der edle Saft”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068, “Air”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Boccherini Cello Concerto No. 7 in G Major, G 480
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Boccherini Cello Concerto No. 5 in D Major, G 478
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Cantata, BWV 75, “Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, “Aria”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Chorale Prelude, BWV 645, “Wachet aud, ruft uns die Stimme”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Chorale Prelude, BWV 647, “Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Cantata, BWV 186, “Die Hoffnung wart’ der rechten Zeit”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Chorale Prelude, BWV 648, “Meine Seele erhebt den Herren”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Cantata, BWV 208, “Sheep May Safely Graze”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Cantata, BWV 76, “Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich das Volk in guten Taten”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Bach Chorale Prelude, BWV 649, “Ach bleib’ bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ”
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Boccherini Cello Concerto in B-flat Major, G 482
Ton Koopman keyboard
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Boccherini Cello Concerto No. 3 in D Major, G 476
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra

Boccherini Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-flat Major, G 482
Pinchas Zukerman conductor
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Bach Sinfonia concertante in A Major, CW C34
Pinchas Zukerman violin
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Bach Symphony in E-flat for Double Orchestra, Op. 18, No. 1
Pinchas Zukerman conductor
Layton James harpsichord
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra