There's classical music and then there's Classical Music. Yo-Yo Ma defined the latter, carving out best-in-class recordings for the entire history of classical music. Now fans of this musical genius are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the definitive collection. Yo-Yo Ma 30 Years Outside the Box,
out now from Sony Music, features a mind-blowing 90 CDs, every original album Yo-Yo Ma has recorded to date (including 15 Grammy award winners) and two bonus discs featuring the first release of John Williams' Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha for Cello
, all entirely re-mastered with DSD technology. The limited-edition, numbered set comes packaged in a velvet-lined cello box complete with a beautiful hard-bound book full of rare archival photos, essays and more.
Yo-Yo Ma created modern classical music, collaborating with artists from Bobby McFerrin to Mark O'Connor and Edgar Meyer, to recording his interpretations of an entire genre of music, with his groundbreaking Obrigado Brazil
record. Throughout his career he has worked to bring classical music to young people. Such an extraordinary collection only befits such a legendary man. Give the music lover on your list this amazing collector's set, and trust us, they'll be set for life.
The entire collection retails for $789.98 and is available from Amazon
We're giving away one lucky Luxist reader a selection of our top five favorites (total value $98.93):
Brahms: The Piano Quartets
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano, Vol. 1
Bolling: Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio
Mozart: Divertimento, K. 563 Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams
To enter, leave a comment below on your favorite composer Yo-Yo Ma has recorded. Hint: It's basically all of them. Winners will be randomly selected. Contest ends Friday, December 18th at 7 PM EST. Good luck!
Some other important details:
* To enter, leave a confirmed comment below.
* The comment must be left and confirmed before December 18, 2009 at 7:00PM Eastern Time.
* You may only enter once.
* One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
* One winner will receive five albums from the collection, a total value of $98.93.
* Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia.See complete contest rules here
The contest is now closed.