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Obrigado Brazil

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It may be a middlebrow cocktail-party soundtrack, but Ma’s Brazilian journey has an integrity rare in classical crossover. The cellist ventures an appealingly diverse program, from Villa-Lobos’ classical elegance to Jobim’s bossa nova, but wisely avoids any ”Girl From Ipanema” cliches. His stellar collaborators lend an authentic flair, and even if his refined tone promotes a gentility over passion, the end results are reliably enchanting.