Appalachia Waltz

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This article is about O'Connor, Meyer and Ma's album. For Miriam Mahdaviani's ballet, see Appalachia Waltz (ballet).
Appalachia Waltz
Studio album by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor
Released 17 September 1996
Recorded 17–20 August 1995
Genre Classical, bluegrass
Length 69:38
Label Sony Classical
Producer Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor
Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor chronology
Appalachia Waltz
Appalachian Journey
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Strad favorable [1]
Gramophone (reserved favorable) [2]

Appalachia Waltz is the first album from the trio of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, double-bassist and composer Edgar Meyer, and fiddler and composer Mark O'Connor. Sony Classical released the disc in 1996. The album announces a new kind of Americana-styled Western art music, with ancestry in old-timey, bluegrass, folk, and traditional European classical styles. It was recorded over three days, 14 August-17 August 1995. It is possible that the titles of these albums imply a continuity of the American classical tradition begun by Aaron Copland in Appalachian Spring.[citation needed]

In its June 1997 issue, Bass Player magazine named it one of "30 Essential Bass Albums You Must Own", due to Meyer's exceptional work on the album. The trio followed up this album with Appalachian Journey in 2000. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard's Top Classical Albums chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Green Groves of Erin/The Flowers of Red Hill" (Traditional - arr:Edgar Meyer)
  2. "Appalachia Waltz" (Mark O'Connor - arr:Meyer)
  3. "Chief Sitting in the Rain" (Traditional - arr:Meyer, O'Connor)
  4. "Mama" (Meyer)
  5. "Butterfly's Day Out" (O'Connor - arr:Meyer)
  6. "Druid Fluid" (Meyer, O'Connor)
  7. "First Impressions" (Meyer)
  8. "Étienne et Petunia" (Meyer)
  9. "F.C.'s Jig" (O'Connor)
  10. "College Hornpipe" (Traditional - arr:Meyer, O'Connor)
  11. "Pickles" (Meyer)
  12. "Old Country Fairytale" (O'Connor)
  13. "Schizoozy" (Meyer)
  14. "Star of the County Down" (Traditional - arr:Meyer)
  15. "Speed the Plow Medley" (Traditional - arr:Meyer, O'Connor)
  16. "Fair Dancer Reel" (O'Connor - arr:Meyer)



  1. ^ The Strad April 1997 (p. 439)
  2. ^ Gramophone magazine Dec. 1996[dead link]
  3. ^ "Top Classical Albums". Billboard. January 11, 1997.