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Songs from the Arc of Life / Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott


Release Date: 09/18/2015 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 510316   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles GounodJohannes BrahmsGabriel FauréJacob Gade,   ... 
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaKathryn Stott
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A life is an arc of experience, from beginning to end and all the notes in between. The new album, Songs from the Arc of Life, is a musical journey shared by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott, and a window into our universal adventure through life and time.

Longtime friends, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott, create a unique classical music experience with their new recording, Songs from the Arc of Life. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries. Songs from the Arc of Life begins and ends with two, much-beloved settings of the traditional “Ave Maria,” opening with the soaring, radiant Bach/Gounod arrangement and closing with Schubert’s more serene,
Read more contemplative version. In between is a remarkable spectrum of music that includes such enduring favorites as Brahms’ “Lullaby,” Dvora?k’s “Songs My Mother Taught Me,” Elgar’s “Salut d’amour,” Gade’s “Tango Jalousie” and Saint-Sae?ns’ “The Swan,” as well as richly evocative works by Debussy, Delius, Faure?, Gershwin, Grieg, Kreisler, Messiaen, Schumann, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Ma and Stott also include a haunting piece by the contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima, a friend and colleague of both artists.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2.
Songs (5), Op. 49: no 4, Wiegenlied by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Kathryn Stott (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Austria 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Papillon for Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 77 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; France 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
Jalousie by Jacob Gade
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 4, Was it a dream? by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6.
Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888/1889; England 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
8.
Preludes (3) for Piano: no 1 in B flat major, Allegro ben ritmato e deciso by George Gershwin
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Romance for Cello and Piano by Frederick Delius
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10.
La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
11.
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
12.
Morceaux (6) for Piano, Op. 51: no 6, Valse sentimentale by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; Russia 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
13.
Beau soir by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1880; France 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
15.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
Five Pieces in the Popular Style, Op. 102: I. Vanitas vanitatum by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
17.
Il bell'Antonio, television film score by Giovanni Sollima
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
18.
Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: The Wounded Heart by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Norway 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
19.
Quatuor pour la fin du temps: 5th movement, Louange à l'Eternité de Jésus by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 10 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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