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

Release Date: 5/24/2019
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19075929282
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 21

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CD
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$55.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
“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)
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: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
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: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
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
12. 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
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
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
15. Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
16. Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
17. Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
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
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
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
21. Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 119 by Sergei Prokofiev
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USSR
22. Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in F minor, Op. 65/B 130 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Kim Young Uck (Violin)
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: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Kim Young Uck (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890-1891 ; Bohemia
24. Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944 ; USSR
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
26. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, K 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Viola), Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
27. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Viola), Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Classical
Written: 1785 ; Vienna, Austria
28. Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 47 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Germany
29. Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Violin)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
30. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Violin), Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1861 ; Germany
31. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 26 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Isaac Stern (Violin), Jaime Laredo (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1861 ; Germany
32. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Violin), Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855-1875 ; Austria
33. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, Op. 87/B 162 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Viola), Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; Bohemia
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
35. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Viola), Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1876-1879 ; France
36. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in G minor, Op. 45 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Jaime Laredo (Viola), Isaac Stern (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: ?1885-86 ; France
37. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Edgar Meyer (Double Bass), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Rebecca Young (Viola), Pamela Frank (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1819 ; Vienna, Austria
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
39. Die Forelle, D 550 by Franz Schubert
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Vienna, Austria
40. King Gesar by Peter Lieberson
Performer: Deborah Marshall (Bass Clarinet), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Deborah Marshall (Clarinet), András Adorján (Flute), William Purvis (French Horn), Stefan Huge (Percussion), Peter Serkin (Piano), Emanuel Ax (Piano), András Adorján (Piccolo), Omar Ebrahim (Spoken Vocals), David [trombone] Taylor (Trombone)
Conductor: Peter Lieberson
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1991-1992 ; USA
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
42. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
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), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Itzhak Perlman (Violin)
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), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1891 ; Austria
45. Trio for Piano, Clarinet/Violin and Cello no 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1797 ; Vienna, Austria
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
47. Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, B 25/Op. 8 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano), Pamela Frank (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1828-1829 ; Poland
48. Introduction and Polonaise for Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829-1830 ; Poland
49. Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; Paris, France
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: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
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: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
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: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
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: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1829 ; Germany
55. Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Emanuel Ax (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Germany
56. Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost": 2nd movement, Largo assai by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Emanuel Ax (Piano), Pamela Frank (Violin), Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical
Written: 1808 ; Vienna, Austria
57. 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
58. 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
59. 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
60. 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
61. 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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