My enjoyment of Tanglewood music on a recent evening which featured Yo-Yo Ma was so enjoyable that I was hooked. Ma played the principal instrument in a performance of Saint-Saens' Andante Cantabile, a melody I love dearly. So of course I went to Amazon's MP3 library to look for it. I found it in the album titled "Essential Yo-Yo Ma", and of course I bought it. (-8 All 35 tracks. (-8 I've been listening to it for days as I go about my other activities, and loving it. It has an incredible range and variety of music, from cello – voice duets with Alison Krauss and Bobby McFarren, to large orchestra pieces, with jazz, pop, bossa nova, folk, and other things I can't even name in between. It even has one number from the Goat Rodeo sessions, and I am struggling with the impulse to buy either an MP3 or DVD of that ensemble. Seeing that unique assortment of musicians having so much fun playing music drives me toward the DVD, as I don't think it is available as a full video, although there are good parts on YouTube.
VERY unhappy with my purchase. I had this in my Music Library as a Prime member, liked it and decided to buy the full CD of MP3s for download. Was charged $16 for the cost (reasonable for a full CD of tracks) but only 4 tracks show up in my Music library. The rest still show up as Prime tracks and so not downloadable. I feel totally ripped off. If I could only get 4 tracks, would have been more fair to offer them to me per-track (about $1 each). Or, should really have been marked in Music as only a Prime CD - i.e., not available for purchase. I've generally been pretty satisfied with Amazon Prime Music, Amazon MP3 purchase and buying MP3s for CDs I originally tried in Prime. Have no idea why this product is so messed up in the pricing but I found it a rip-off. If I could send it back for a refund, I would but that isn't possible with digital purchases. #angry
I love Yo-Yo Ma and this is a must have for anyone else who does. I also used headphones for my baby to listen to it while in utero, the low tones are perfect for such a purpose. Very highly recommended.