Yo-Yo Ma has a reputation for embracing many styles of music, but he pared his current favorite recordings down to just five.
Is there anything Yo-Yo Ma hasn't tried, musically? Working in genres ranging from romantic concertos to sensual tangos, from Bach to bluegrass to Brazilian samba, Ma has described himself as a "venture culturalist"—criss-crossing several continents and playing ancient Asian music with his band of musicians known as the Silk Road Ensemble.
For a man with a musical appetite as wide as the world, it could not have been easy to pick five favorite recordings. But he did, and he took the time to make a few comments on them.
Yo-Yo Ma's latest recording is 'New Impossibilities' on the Sony Classical label.