Symphony No. 2, Mysterious Mountain, Op. 132. Symphony No. 66,
to Glacier Peak, Op. 428. Symphony No. 50, Mount St. Helens, Op.
360. Storm on Mount Wildcat, Op. 2 No. 3.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch/Gerard Schwarz, cond.
TELARC SACD 60604 TT: 71:45 (5.1 channel)
FAURÉ: Sonata No. 1 in
A, Op. 13. FRANCK: Sonata in A. MASSENET: Meditation
from Thaïs. SAINT-SAËNS: Havanaise, Op. 83
Yo-Yo Ma on his new recording returns to the place of his birth; he was born in Paris in 1955, and this CD called La BelleÉpoque features music of the Parisienne "golden age" at the beginning of the 20th Century. The two featured works, the sonatas of Fauréand Franck, were originally written for violin. The composer himself made this version for cello and piano; Ma transcribed the Fauré as well as the two other shorter pieces. Ma's artistry and technical command are supreme, his sensitivity for the music total. Pianist Kathryn Stott, who has made many solo recordings of merit, is an ideal partner, and Sony's surround sound places the two performers in front with ambient sound from the back. Relatively generous (66:18) playing time, and recommended.R.E.B. (May 2003) (NEXT SURROUND REVIEW)