MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

A Chair and a Cello: Yo-Yo Ma Shows What Matters

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Yo-Yo Ma © Jason Bell
One irony of a musician operating at peak level is that the technique enabling this, the virtuosity that otherwise attracts so much attention, is reduced to secondary interest. It becomes a given and retreats into the background, eclipsed by the purely musical values that a less-confident technique would obscure. At least that’s the case when the musician is Yo-Yo Ma performing a solo recital as profoundly satisfying as he did on his latest visit to Seattle.

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