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Yo-Yo Ma - Bach Cello Suites shouldn't be used as background music / STAGEANDCINEMA

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So when you buy Yo-Yo Ma's new release of the Cello Suites from Sony Classical (which you must), it shouldn't be used as background music. It is your opportunity to get involved by participating with your senses, not just your ears. While the 36-year-old Weilerstein did a remarkable job yesterday (the memorization of two and one half hours of music alone boggles the mind), Yo-Yo Ma's new rendition is less practical and more emotional and precise, more worldly and magical, more solid and wise. This isn't to dish Weilerstein, as her interpretation was truly valid and improved as the night wore on, but this - Ma's third go-around recording the Suites - is also, shall we say, more mature and insightful than his own previous releases. Very little is spelled out by Bach as far as tempo and mood, so there is great room for interpretation.

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