For decades Sony Classical has been accompanying superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma on his journey with Bach. This single CD brings together important and highly praised landmarks from that journey, beginning in 1982, the year of Ma's first recording of the Six Solo Suits, which went on the win the Grammy for "Best Classical Instrumental Performance". As the Penguin Guide wrote, "Yo-Yo May's playing has a characteristic rhythmic freedom and favours the widest range of dynamic. The improvisatory effect is seemingly spontaneous, for Ma seems right inside every bar of the music."
01-06: Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C major
07: Erbarme dich, mein Gott from St. Matthew Passion
08: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
09: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
10-13: Viola da gamba Sonata No. 1 in G major
14: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme
15: Aria from "Goldberg Variations"
16: Schafe können sicher weiden
17: BACH/GOUNOD Ave Maria
18: Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 6
19: Air from Orchestral Suit No. 3
20: CORIGLIANO Fancy on a Bach Air