Today, I am giving you a piece that always moves me – but specially when it is performed by two true Gods in their consummate style.
My wife and I and sometimes our sons as well, take every opportunity to see them whenever we can all get together in a particular city where either are performing.
And we always leave walking on a cloud of peace, joy and the feeling that all is well with the world – if only for the brief hours of the performance.
People say things like “I would like this to be played at my wedding” or “I would like this to be played at my funeral” or “I want this to played non-stop when I fall sick or am in hospital…” because this is one of those themes that has the power to lift you up, calm you and give you the feeling everything will be all right.
Listen – and tell me if you agree or not.
[ See below for bios of Chris Botti, Yo Yo Ma, the Boston Pops, Ennio Morricone, & info on Cinema Paradiso ]
Celebrated jazz trumpeter CHRIS BOTTI takes center stage at Boston’s Symphony Hall, performing “Cinema Paradiso” with the God of Cello Yo-Yo Ma, together with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on September, 2008.
Well? Did you love it?
But if you didn’t that’s ok, it’s an acquired appreciation which comes from following a particular type of music or instrument or performer.
Who are yours? What is your favourite music and why? Do you love any particular instrument? Why?
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Here’s the original version
ABOUT CHRIS BOTTI:
Christopher Stephen “Chris” Botti (pronounced /ˈboʊti/ boh-tee; born October 12, 1962), is an American trumpeter and composer. In 2007, Botti was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album. On December 4, 2009, he was nominated for three more Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Three of his albums have reached the #1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.
Coming to prominence with the 2001 recording of his Night Sessions CD, Botti established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop music for his ability to fuse both styles together. He was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Corvallis and spent two years of his childhood growing up in Italy. His earliest musical influence was his mother, a classically trained pianist and part-time piano teacher. He started playing the trumpet at 9-years-old and committed to the instrument at age 12, when he heard Miles Davis play “My Funny Valentine.” In 1983, he was selected as a member of McDonalds’ All American High School Jazz band which marked his first Carnegie Hall performance. = [from Wikipedia]
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti (pronounced boat-tee) has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards.
Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music; including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith’s own Steven Tyler.
Hitting the road for 250 plus days per year, Chris and his incredible band have performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
People Magazine voted Chris one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in 2004. = [from Chris Botti’s website]
ABOUT YO YO MA:
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.
Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, his recital and chamber music activities, and his work with the Silk Road Project, for which he serves as Artistic Director. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, each fueled by the artists’ interactions. Mr. Ma is also widely recognized for his strong commitment to educational programs that bring the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on “Arthur,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.”
One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migrations of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Since the Project’s inception, more than 60 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. At the invitation of the New York City Department of Education, in 2009, the Silk Road Project began a multi-year partnership with cultural and educational organizations to pilot Silk Road Connect, a multidisciplinary middle school engagement program designed to spark a lifelong passion for learning. In Silk Road Connect, visual and aural elements are used alongside the experiences of creating and collaborating, making direct connections to classroom work in subjects such as Social Studies, English Language Arts, the sciences and the arts.
Mr. Ma is an exclusive Sony Classical artist, and his discography of over 75 albums (including more than 15 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests. He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, among them “Hush” with Bobby McFerrin, “Appalachia Waltz” and “Appalachian Journey” with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer, and three albums with the Silk Road Ensemble. Mr. Ma’s recent recordings include Mendelssohn Trios with Emanuel Ax and Itzhak Perlman; “Songs of Joy & Peace”. His new album, “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, is slated for release in October 2011. Across this full range of releases, Mr. Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list. In fall 2009, Sony Classical released a box set of over 90 albums to commemorate Mr. Ma’s 30 years as a Sony recording artist.
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976.
Mr. Ma has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006), the Sonning Prize (2006), the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award (2008), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). Mr. Ma serves as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.
Mr. Ma and his wife have two children. Mr. Ma plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius. = [from Yo Yo Ma’s website]
ABOUT ENNIO MORRICONE:
ABOUT ” CINEMA PARADISO” or “Nuovo cinema Paradiso” (New Paradise Cinema) is a 1988 Italian film written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. It was internationally released as Cinema Paradiso in France, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. It stars Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste, Marco Leonardi, Agnese Nano and Salvatore Cascio. It was produced by Franco Cristaldi and Giovanna Romagnoli, and the music was by Ennio Morricone along with his son Andrea Morricone.
ABOUT THIS PERFORMANCE: [from Chris Botti’s website]
On Thursday, September 18 and Friday, September 19, 2008, American jazz trumpeter Chris Botti invited an extraordinary variety of musical artists — including Sting, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Yo-Yo Ma, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli, and Sy Smith — to join him on-stage with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra for a pair of once-in-a-lifetime concerts, produced by Bobby Colomby and directed by Jim Gable, at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall, one of the world’s most exquisite performance venues.
A master artist and performer, Botti, who’s sold nearly three million albums worldwide, worked closely with an unparalleled roster of the world’s greatest musicians, drawing from a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz, and classical music to create a series of aesthetically rewarding performances and two-night’s worth of unforgettable concert experiences. Chris Botti In Boston, an extraordinarily luxurious film of the two-night event, captures and accentuates the warmth, excitement, chemistry and spontaneity of the shows.
The CD version of Chris Botti In Boston features Botti along with his special guests and core band — Billy Childs (piano), Billy Kilson (drums), Mark Whitfield (guitar), and Robert Hurst (bass) — performing definitive versions of “Ave Maria,” “When I Fall In Love,” “Seven Days,” “Emmanuel,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Cinema Paradiso,” “Broken Vow,” “Flamenco Sketches,” “Glad To Be Unhappy,” “Hallelujah,” “Smile,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You,” and “Time To Say Goodbye.”
The full-concert DVD and Blu-ray configurations of Chris Botti In Boston include the bonus performances of “Caruso,” “The Look of Love,” “Cryin’,” “Indian Summer,” and “Shape of My Heart” in addition to an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary chronicling the making-of-the-concert as well as a deeply resonant performance of “Fragile” unavailable anywhere else. In addition, the Blu-ray configuration features Dolby TrueHD audio providing master quality, high-resolution, 7.1 surround sound.
Following its exclusive televised premiere during PBS’s March Pledge Drive, Chris Botti In Boston Columbia Records will release the concert extravaganza in three configurations — CD, a CD/DVD package and a Blu-ray edition — on Tuesday, March 31.
Chris Botti In Boston is a visionary expansion of, and worthy successor to, the artist’s first PBS pledge drive special, Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests. First aired on PBS during March Pledge Week 2006, Botti’s first special became a perennial pledge drive favorite nationwide while a DVD of that show has achieved RIAA platinum status. Now in its second year of airing on PBS, Chris Botti In Boston has been certified by the RIAA as a Platinum Longform Music Video and “Chris Botti In Boston 2,” a collection of performances that were not part of the first PBS Special, is airing nationally on PBS.