Obrigado Brazil (2003) It may be a middlebrow cocktail-party soundtrack, but Ma's Brazilian journey has an integrity rare in classical crossover. The cellist ventures an appealingly diverse program,… 2003-07-29 Yo-Yo Ma
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Obrigado Brazil (2003)

Details Release Date: Jul 29, 2003; Lead Performance: Yo-Yo Ma

It may be a middlebrow cocktail-party soundtrack, but Ma's Brazilian journey has an integrity rare in classical crossover. The cellist ventures an appealingly diverse program, from Villa-Lobos' classical elegance to Jobim's bossa nova, but wisely avoids any ''Girl From Ipanema'' cliches. His stellar collaborators lend an authentic flair, and even if his refined tone promotes a gentility over passion, the end results are reliably enchanting.

Originally posted Aug 01, 2003 Published in issue #721 Aug 01, 2003 Order article reprints