S0259. YO-YO MA / EMANUEL AX: Cello Sonatas & Variations (Beethoven). (Austria) 2-CBS M2K 42446, recorded 1982-86. Boxed Set w. Brochure. Long out of Print; Final Copy! - 07464424462
“The immensity of Yo-Yo Ma’s talent is such that he would be globally admired if all he ever did was appear onstage or in a recording studio and then vanish after the last notes faded from his cello. That Ma has instead used his gifts in the service of spreading humanistic values - via cross-cultural musical collaboration, civic engagement and huge amounts of heart - means that his connection with the public goes far deeper than mere admiration.”
- David Marchese, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 20 Nov., 2020
“Yo-Yo Ma consolidated everything that came before, made it look effortless, and somehow found time to go past the cello and refashion himself into something bigger. He has invented a term for what he does, though he is too modest to apply it to himself except as a goal. He is the consummate ‘citizen musician’.
Few artists today can guarantee a sellout crowd, which means that orchestras and concert presenters rely increasingly on a handful of super-musicians with enormous name recognition and audience loyalty. Ma is one of them. Every note of every phrase feels fresh and meaningful.”
- Philip Kennicott, THE WASHINGTON POST, 2 Dec., 2011