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


Release Date: 05/24/2019 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 19075929282  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsRobert SchumannRichard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaEmanuel AxKim Young UckIsaac Stern,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin DavisPeter Lieberson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 21 
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Sony Classical is pleased to release this 21-CD box-set celebrating the internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax’s 70th birthday as well as his long-term musical partnership with the revered cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

This must-have box set sees their complete recordings for cello and piano, originally released on Columbia Masterworks/Sony Classical, released in a single edition for the first time. This stunning box set features exquisite performances of works by Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninov.

Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma’s friendship began when they were both studying at the Juilliard School in New York. The duo have gone on to produce numerous critically acclaimed, and Grammy
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in G major on a theme by Handel, WoO 45 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Variations (12) for Cello and Piano in F major on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
10.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1865; Austria 
11.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1991 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 23 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 99 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1991 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 29 Minutes 19 Secs. 
13.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 3 in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886-1888; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1991 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 22 Minutes 14 Secs. 
14.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1985 
Venue:  Live  Hercules Hall, Munich, West Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 42 Secs. 
15.
Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
16.
Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
17.
Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
18.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major, Op. 6 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1883; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, Boston 
Length: 29 Minutes 8 Secs. 
19.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 65 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, Boston 
Length: 22 Minutes 1 Secs. 
20.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901; Russia 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 38 Minutes 44 Secs. 
21.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USSR 
Date of Recording: 06/1990 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 25 Minutes 12 Secs. 
22.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Kim Young Uck (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Bohemia 
23.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Kim Young Uck (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890-1891; Bohemia 
24.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  Theater C, SUNY, Purchase NY 
Length: 26 Minutes 42 Secs. 
25.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USSR 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Cons., Boston 
Length: 32 Minutes 9 Secs. 
26.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, K 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Viola),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 29 Minutes 27 Secs. 
27.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Viola),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 26 Minutes 4 Secs. 
28.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Isaac Stern (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 27 Minutes 12 Secs. 
29.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Violin),
Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 03/1992 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studios, New York City 
Length: 26 Minutes 12 Secs. 
30.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Violin),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Troy Music Hall, Troy, New York 
Length: 40 Minutes 12 Secs. 
31.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Violin),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Troy Music Hall, Troy, New York 
Length: 52 Minutes 45 Secs. 
32.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Violin),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1875; Austria 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Venue:  Suntory Hall, Tokyo 
Length: 35 Minutes 34 Secs. 
33.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 87/B 162 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Viola), Isaac Stern (Violin),
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 04/15/1996 
Venue:  Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, Lennox, MA 
Length: 23 Minutes 29 Secs. 
34.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/27/1998 
Venue:  Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA 
Length: 28 Minutes 17 Secs. 
35.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jaime Laredo (Viola), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano),
Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1879; France 
Venue:  Music Hall, Troy Savings Bank, Troy, NY 
Length: 31 Minutes 30 Secs. 
36.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 45 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Jaime Laredo (Viola), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano),
Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1885-86; France 
Venue:  Music Hall, Troy Savings Bank, Troy, NY 
Length: 35 Minutes 22 Secs. 
37.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Rebecca Young (Viola), Pamela Frank (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1995 
Venue:  Richardson Hall, Princeton University 
Length: 37 Minutes 48 Secs. 
38.
Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/31/1995 
Venue:  Richardson Hall, Princeton University 
Length: 24 Minutes 28 Secs. 
39.
Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Barbara Bonney (Soprano), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/18/1995 
Venue:  Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
40.
King Gesar by Peter Lieberson
Performer:  Deborah Marshall (Bass Clarinet), Peter Serkin (Piano), Omar Ebrahim (Spoken Vocals),
András Adorján (Flute), Deborah Marshall (Clarinet), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Emanuel Ax (Piano), William Purvis (French Horn), David Taylor (Trombone),
Stefan Huge (Percussion), András Adorján (Piccolo)
Conductor:  Peter Lieberson
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991-1992; USA 
Language: English 
41.
The Ghosts of Versailles: Phantasmagoria for Cello and Piano by John Corigliano
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/25/1999 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
42.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Germany 
43.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C minor, Op. 66 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Itzhak Perlman (Violin), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
44.
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 26 Minutes 41 Secs. 
45.
Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 21 Minutes 42 Secs. 
46.
Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K 498 "Kegelstatt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1993 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory 
Length: 21 Minutes 4 Secs. 
47.
Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, B 25/Op. 8 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Pamela Frank (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828-1829; Poland 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, Boston, Massachusets 
Length: 28 Minutes 12 Secs. 
48.
Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829-1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 6/1992 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, Boston, Massachusets 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
49.
Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1992 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, Boston, Masssachusets 
Length: 25 Minutes 21 Secs. 
50.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost": 2nd movement, Largo assai by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Pamela Frank (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
51.
Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 1, Andante espressivo in G major "May Breezes" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Germany 
52.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 6, Andante con moto in A flat major "Duetto" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
53.
Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38: no 2, Allegro non troppo in C minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Germany 
54.
Songs without words, vol 1, Op. 19b: no 1, Andante con moto in E major "Sweet Remembrance" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Germany 
55.
Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Emanuel Ax (Piano), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 

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