So last night I saw and heard Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, which was
great, mostly because of the presence of Kayhan Kalhor and Wu Man. Then
I realized that those are well-known enough that I have more than one CD
by each, but they are the only kamanche & pipa players I could mention.
So I came up with the "If you have to know just one xyz player,
it's...." game. Let's call it the "One Cellist" game: if you have to
know just one cello player, it's Yo Yo Ma.
And then I thought of a refinement of this game: let's introduce right
and wrong answers.
Cello. Wrong answer: Yo Yo Ma. Right answer: Jacqueline Dupre or Pablo
Flute. Wrong answer: James Galway, right answer: Jean-Pierre Rampal.
(snob version: wrong answer: Jean-Pierre Rampal, right answer: Aurele
Nicolet or Marcel Moyse)
Who wants to play?
PIano. Wrong answer: Lang Lang, right answer: Alfred Brendel.
Victor Eijkhout -- eijkhout at tacc utexas edu