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The Essential Yo-Yo Ma ()

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Unlike the recent Classic Yo-Yo, really a single-disc sampler of the recorded work of our true superstar cellist, The Essential Yo-Yo Ma purports to be something more -- the Yo-Yo Ma album to own if you're going to own just one. Where Classic Yo-Yo more or less alternated track by track between Ma's straight classical and crossover music, The Essential Yo-Yo Ma devotes one of its two discs to the classics and the other to a generous sampling of music Ma has explored from around the popular sphere and around the world, ...

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  1. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Prélude
  2. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in F minor ("L'inverno"), RV 297, Op. 8/4 (The Four Seasons; "Il cimento" No. 4): II. Largo
  3. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus, bleibet meine Freude
  4. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt" ("Hunt Cantata"), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Schafe können sicher weiden
  5. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 645 (BC K22) (Schübler Chorale No. 1)
  6. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  7. Havanaise, for violin & piano (or orchestra) in E major, Op. 83
  8. Méditation, for violin & orchestra (or other arrangement) (from opera "Thaďs")
  9. Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano
  10. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 1. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
  11. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
  12. Sonata for cello & piano in D minor, Op. 40: IV. Allegro
  13. Andante cantabile, for cello & string orchestra in D major (arr. of 2nd mvt. from String Quartet No.1)
  14. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25: IV. Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto
  15. Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104): III. Finale. Allegro moderato
  16. Cristal
  17. A lenda do caboclo, for piano, A. 166
  18. Chega de Saudade
  19. Wapango, for woodwind quintet
  20. Libertango, tango
  21. Appalachia Waltz, for solo cello (or violin)
  22. Butterfly's Day Out, for cello & mandolin
  23. 1B, for violin, cello & double bass
  24. Pieces (3) for solo cello: Pickin'
  25. Simple Gifts
  26. The Mission, film score: Gabriel's Oboe
  27. The Mission, film score: The Falls
  28. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, film score: The Eternal Vow
  29. The Cellist of Sarajevo, a lament in rondo form for cello, Op. 12
  30. Chi passa per 'sta strada, for voices, lutes & violin
  31. Mido Mountain
  32. Mohini (Enchantment)
  33. Suite for cello & jazz piano trio: Baroque in Rhythm
  34. Anything Goes, song (for the musical Anything Goes)
  35. I Could Have Danced All Night, song (from "My Fair Lady")
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