Classical Music CDs, DVDs

Bach Trios

Yo-yo Ma/ Thile
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The New York Times said of Yo-Yo Ma, who is considered one of today’s foremost interpreters of Bach, “Other cellists hear Bach’s suites the same as Mr. Ma, but few if any have the technical means to transfer their imaginings so precisely into sound.” Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes more than one hundred albums, eighteen of which have won Grammy Awards. Ma also serves as the Artistic Director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations. More than eighty works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute and in 2016 was appointed Artistic Advisor to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended The Juilliard School, and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). In 2011, Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

Throughout a lifetime of performing and composing, Edgar Meyer has turned the double bass into a modern virtuoso instrument that is equally at home in classical music and in the American vernacular. In 1994, Meyer became the first bassist to win the Avery Fisher Prize. He is also a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award and five Grammy Awards. Meyer has found devoted audiences through a vast range of projects, from his own double bass concertos that he continues to perform regularly to recital collaborations with Emanuel Ax and Amy Dorfman and performance and recording projects with artists including Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, and many others. The New Yorker calls him “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.”

MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer recently called “the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen.” The group’s four Nonesuch albums are Punch, Antifogmatic, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, and The Phosphorescent Blues. Thile’s other Nonesuch releases include a duet album of traditional bluegrass songs with guitarist Michael Daves, Sleep with One Eye Open, and a prominent role in the T Bone Burnett–produced soundtrack to the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. As a soloist, he has released five albums—most recently the highly praised Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1—and performed extensively as a duo with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall. He spent 15 years as a member of the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling band Nickel Creek, which reunited in 2014 for its highest-charting album to date, A Dotted Line (Nonesuch), and an extensive tour. Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of bluegrass innovators including Béla Fleck, Dolly Parton, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush.

(Nonesuch) 7559793920

Track Listing Extract:
1. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace 00:03:12 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 2. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: II. Lento 00:06:08 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 3. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: III. Allegro 00:02:58 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 4. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864 00:01:36 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 5. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 00:04:42 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 6. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889 00:01:33 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 7. Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 00:02:28 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 8. Prelude No. 18 in E Minor, BWV 548 00:05:41 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 9. Fugue No. 18 in E Minor, BWV 548 00:06:11 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 10. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: VI. Passepied 00:02:04 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 11. Kommst du nun, Jesu vom Kimmel herunter, BWV 650 00:02:54 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 12. Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus XIII a 3, "Rectus" 00:02:19 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 13. Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus XIII a 3, "Inversus" 00:02:21 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 14. Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, BWV 721 00:04:10 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 15. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: I. Vivace 00:04:54 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 16. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: II. Adagio 00:04:18 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer 17. Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: III. Allegro 00:03:15 Artist: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer

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