The challenge for Yo Yo Ma as he turns 60main
Happy birthday tomorrow (Oct 7) to the most successful cellist of his generation and the greatest role model for his instrument.
Yo Yo’s celebratory recital on Sony Classical is my Album of the Week on sinfnimusic.com, but it comes with a caveat:
True, his Silk Road enterprise has thrown a bridge across the cultural gulf between Asian and Western music. True, too, that his new educational initiative with Laurene Powell Jobs may yet bear fruit in American schools. But the tone of this birthday record is so relentlessly safe, so comfortably resting on past laurels, that one can only hope for a change of heart – a decision to make these next years his legacy decade, to leave a corpus of music and deeds by which he will be forever remembered.
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