My sister has trouble getting to sleep, so she uses music. Evidently there is some commentary in with the music, which she found distracting for her. It just didn't work for what she wanted it to do. I think she liked his music.
I don't usually pipe up and write a review unless something is awesome and I feel I should bring it to your attention. Almost everything on the planet is mediocre or worse, right? I guess we're supposed to like this because it's Morricone, who to many of us is the creative mind behind so many movie scores. But good Lord, this is just a titanic mush of strings, with Mr. Ma sawing away as best he can amidst the shapeless storm. If this were movie soundtrack music--as recorded here, I mean to say--it would fail utterly, so much does it demand center stage, then fail to merit that spotlight. I really have little to add when people call Yo-Yo Ma overrated, which typically follows any conservatory-trained musician who makes it so very big and sells so many albums. I own and enjoy other of his offerings. But there's some astonishingly awful choral music on this disk, among other orchestral misjudgments, with Mr. Ma again and again electing to add his five-and-dime to the schmaltz. In all, this is almost jaw-droppingly bad, gypsy melodies in the mind of some idiot giant.
The first CD I ordered exhibited some audio distortion. I returned it and received a new CD which has the same problem. I have played the CD on different players and experience the same audio distortion.I would give this product 5 stars if the audio problem did not exist.
I downloaded the whole Album in MP3 and found that the first two pieces are mixed and truncated improperly. As a matter of fact, the last 50 seconds of the first piece Gabriel's Oboe is actually the begining of the second piece The Falls. So The Fall has an abrupt start. In addition to these two pieces, #4, #9 and #15 also have sudden cut-offs in their endings. #18 and #19 are similar to #1 and #2. It seems to me they are divided into two pieces from a continues play. This is supposed to be a great album. But with so many defects in MP3, I don't think it is worth $9.99 to download. One thing I need to mention is Amazon customer service. Once I called them and described the problems, they immediately agreed to issue a full refund and claim that they will fixed the defects. By looking at the reviews, this issue has been there for a while. I hope it will be fixed soon.
Ennio Morricone has time after time proven himself as one of the greatest composers of all time, inside or outside the realm of film. And Yo-Yo Ma is undoubtedly an accomplished cellist. But their styles just don't blend.
Yo-Yo Ma puts something of a 'classical sheen' on the music, and effectively it brings out the worst in Morricone. Of course his compositions and arrangements have always been meticulous, but they also had a quirky, ramshackle quality that is lacking on this recording.
I'd say try John Zorn's 'The Big Gundown' for a more interesting and adventurous take on Morricone, or Triology 'Plays Ennio Morricone' for a string trio interpretation, similar in theory to Yo-Yo Ma's but with so much more life.
Or better still, go for the Morricone originals - 'A Fistful Of Film Music' is a great start.