Classic Yo-Yo Ma

Portrait of the exceptional cellist

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Yo-Yo Ma — Cellist

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Classic Yo-Yo Ma chronicles Ma's unique work process and legendary performances with rarely seen rehearsal and concert footage from throughout his entire career.

In addition to these exquisite musical selections, the program includes newly-taped interviews with Yo-Yo Ma and his friends and colleagues Daniel Barenboim, Emanuel Ax, Tan Dun and Bobby McFerrin. Yo-Yo Ma is world-renowned for his incomparable artistry and range. His discography of nearly fifty albums includes fourteen Grammy Awards. His remarkable talent and limitless interests have created new boundaries for classical music.

The program highlights Ma's unique ability to explore cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition. His diversity is demonstrated not only through richly nuanced interpretations of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, but also Piazzolla, Edgar Meyer, American folk music and Tan Dun.

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