Songs of Comfort & Hope / Yo-Yo Ma, Stott

Release Date: 12/11/2020
Label: Masterworks
Catalog Number: 19439822372
Number of Discs: 1

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CD
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$13.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Five years ago, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott created an album called "Songs from the Arc of Life," which charted an imagined lifetime through song and its unique way of storytelling. It had long been their wish to explore this medium further, but they could never have imagined that the catalyst would be a pandemic that fundamentally rearranged our ways of living. "Songs of Comfort and Hope" was conceived in April 2020 when people everywhere were entering a dramatic new world, one in which we have been separated from our loved ones and many filled with fear and isolation. Featuring twenty one new recordings, ranging from fresh arrangements of traditional folk tunes, pop songs, and jazz standards to mainstays from the western classical repertoire, the songs on the album bring a sense of community, identity, and purpose, crossing boundaries and binding us together in thanks, consolation, and encouragement. This is music that tells stories, that marks occasions private and public, that gives voice to celebrations, remembrances, and all of life's mysteries. They are songs that pay tribute to champions of social justice like Paul Robeson and Violeta Parra and to the troubadours of our joy, imagination, and sorrow like Wu Tong, Francis Poulenc, and Benjamin Britten. They are creations that, as Felix Mendelssohn once wrote, express thoughts that are "not too indefinite to be put into words, but on the contrary, too definite." Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott hope that the familiarity and reinvention contained in this music offers everyone some comfort and hope.
Works on This Recording
1. Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
2. Show Boat: Ol' Man River by Jerome Kern
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; USA
3. Shenandoah by Traditional
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
4. Goin' Home (adapted from Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", 2nd movement) by William Arms Fisher
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
5. From Jewish Life: no 3, Jewish Song by Ernest Bloch
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; USA
6. Songs (12), Op. 21: no 7, How fair this spot by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Russia
7. Moscow Nights by Vassily Soloviev-Sedoi
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
8. Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
9. Song without words for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 109 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Germany
10. Scarborough Fair by Traditional
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
11. Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 18, Solvejg's Song by Edvard Grieg
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874-1875 ; Norway
12. Léocadia: Les chemins de l'amour by Francis Poulenc
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940 ; France
13. Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1920 ; Vienna, Austria
14. Thula baba, lullaby by Traditional
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
15. The last rose of summer, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. IV) by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Modern
Written: circa 1960 ; Ireland
16. Londonderry Air by Fritz Kreisler
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
17. Gracias a la Vida by Violeta Parra
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
18. We'll Meet Again by Hughie Charles
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
19. Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer: Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
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