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4.0 out of 5 stars Releasing the inner child in every adult....
One of the most unusual recordings -- and more enjoyable -- recordings in my CD library is Hush, a collaborative effort which combines the talents of vocal artist Bobby McFerrin and classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Without the accompaniment of a symphony orchestra or even a quartet, Ma's cello and McFerrin's amazingly flexible voice blend seamlessly in this 13-track album...
Published on 21 May 2004 by Alex Diaz-Granados

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it is ok occasional nice to listen to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Releasing the inner child in every adult...., 21 May 2004
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Alex Diaz-Granados "fardreaming writer" (Miami, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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One of the most unusual recordings -- and more enjoyable -- recordings in my CD library is Hush, a collaborative effort which combines the talents of vocal artist Bobby McFerrin and classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Without the accompaniment of a symphony orchestra or even a quartet, Ma's cello and McFerrin's amazingly flexible voice blend seamlessly in this 13-track album which is comprised of an eclectic selection of McFerrin-composed songs and works by such composers as Vivaldi, Bach, and Gounod.
Although McFerrin is perhaps best known for the ditty "Don't Worry, Be Happy" which is either his most popular or least liked song, he has a clear love for classical music; indeed, this album is a reflection of his almost child-like (and I mean this in the positive interpretation of the term) wonder of the genre. Listen, for instance to his interpretation of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee;" his vocalization here conjures up images of a playful child imitating a buzzing bumblebee.
More impressive to me was the loveliness of the interplay between McFerrin's voice and Ma's flawless-yet-never-cold performances with the cello, particularly in the performances of Vivaldi's Andante movement from the Baroque composer's Concerto in D minor for 2 Mandolins, Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, and the beautiful Ave Maria by Gounod.
McFerrin is a serious musician, in the sense that he treats each note with skill and love for the genre (classical). He has worked with various opera companies and conducted Beethoven's Seventh Symphony (at his own 40th birthday party, no less) in San Francisco. Yet, his intention here is not to preserve the myth (perpetuated by the music industry) that classical music is for old rich folks but rather explodes it. Listen to the parody of a concert emcee's stuffy announcement preceding Bach's Musette from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach and you'll understand what he means when he states that the goal of Hush was to release the child in the adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A suprising gem of collaboration, 29 July 2012
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I picked this up in a bargain bin and as an admirer of Yo-Yo Ma thought this might be a quaint but strange combination. Gee, didn't know very much did I? Mr McFerrin has a voice. Well a human sound box. But musically, he is very articulate. Although it is a pastiche of music,it works very well. Take "Flight of the bumble bee". Although a streak of humour runs through it and other tracks so does musicianship of the highest calibre. Some pieces are just so powerful they rivet you. The opening vocal layers of "Grace" joined to the Chinese sounding cello. Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" is ethereal and nourishing a sound as ever to hit the dinner plate of the ears. Vivaldi's "Andante" and Bach's "Air" are yes, sublime and then a few layers of icing sugar and gossamer floating along in the footprints of angels. It is a satisfying musical journey. It is light and fun and graceful and a thing of great beauty. It deserves wider appreciation for the experimental edge it retains while nailing grace and beauty in a combination of cello and McFerrin's haunting vocal range.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 1 Aug 2014
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it is ok occasional nice to listen to.
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