A Celebration: The Recordings for Cello & Piano / Yo-Yo Ma, Ax

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“It has been almost 50 years since I met Yo-Yo in the cafeteria at the Juilliard School… We became friends very quickly and a couple of years later played a benefit concert for a children’s orchestra... I believe that in the life and career of a musician, luck plays an enormous role. The great piece of luck in my musical life has been my partnership with Yo-Yo. I learned most of the standard cello repertoire with him, but through our work together I also learned an enormous amount about all the other music that I was playing – and about sharing my love of music with audiences. Our approaches to learning a new work together started at opposite ends quite often. Yo-Yo always saw the big picture, he thought first about the emotional impact. I often started by asking why the third eighth note in bar 2 had a dot, and the fourth one didn’t. Gradually, we met in the middle. For me, it was revelatory to work in his way, and I hope I did not annoy him too much with my persnickety questions!

"Our first recordings were the Beethoven Sonatas. We had played them in concert a number of times and thought that we could do a creditable performance on disc. I remember so well the thrill of seeing those LP covers; the pianist is now a white-haired old gentleman, and the cellist looks as young as ever! I am a great lover of Russian music, but never felt that I could play it properly. The albums of Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev are very special to me as they represent my attempts at music that I adore… When I look at the list of recordings that Yo-Yo and I have done together I feel enormously privileged to have shared in the journey of this unique artist. It was happenstance and great good fortune that gave me this gift, and I am grateful beyond measure for the time we have had together. I hope there are still some years left for me to keep learning from him, and that we continue to have fun exploring together.” (Emanuel Ax)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 24, 2019


  • Catalog Number: 19075929282


  • UPC: 190759292822


  • Label: Sony Music Entertainment


  • Number of Discs: 21


  • Performer: Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax



Works:


  1. Sonatas for Cello and Piano Nos. 1-5

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  2. Variations (7) on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  3. Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  4. Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  5. Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 'Gassenhauer'

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  6. Quintet in E flat major, Op.16

    Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  7. Sonatas (2) for Cello and Piano

    Composer: Johannes Brahms

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  8. Quartets (3) for Piano and Strings

    Composer: Johannes Brahms

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  9. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

    Composer: Johannes Brahms

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  10. Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

    Composer: Johannes Brahms

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  11. Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

    Composer: Johannes Brahms

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  12. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 129

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)


  13. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  14. Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  15. Stücke im Volkston (5), Op. 102

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  16. Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  17. Piano Trio in G minor Op. 8

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  18. Introduction and Polonaise Brillante in C, Op. 3

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  19. Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 65

    Composer: Frédéric Chopin

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  20. Trios (2) for Piano and Strings

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  21. Songs Without Words (excerpts)

    Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  22. Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65

    Composer: Antonin Dvořák

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  23. Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (B166) 'Dumky'

    Composer: Antonin Dvořák

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  24. Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 87

    Composer: Antonin Dvořák

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  25. Clarinet Trio in E flat major, K498 "Kegelstatt-Trio"

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  26. Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K478

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  27. Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K493

    Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  28. Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  29. Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione', D821

    Composer: Franz Schubert

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  30. Quartets (2) for Piano and Strings

    Composer: Gabriel Fauré

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  31. Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40

    Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  32. Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67

    Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  33. Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 6

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  34. Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

    Composer: Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  35. Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119

    Composer: Sergri Prokofiev

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  36. Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 65

    Composer: Benjamin Britten

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  37. King Gesar

    Composer: Peter Lieberson

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)


  38. Phantasmagoria on 'The Ghosts of Versailles'

    Composer: John Corigliano

    Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)