Songs from the Arc of Life

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott

Songs from the Arc of Life

After the pan-stylistic moves of the Silk Road Ensemble, an album of beloved pieces for cello and piano might seem like Yo-Yo Ma’s retreat into traditionalism. But his program with pianist Kathryn Stott includes surprises between two versions of “Ave Maria.” (The Bach/Gounod item opens; Schubert’s closes.) Messiaen’s “Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus” is not often heard near Brahms’ “Lullaby,” but this duo’s warm compatibility is present at every turn. And their concept, regarding works that make up the “soundtrack” of a life, holds together beautifully.

Ave Maria (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
1
Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby) [Arr. for Cello and Piano]
2
Gypsy Songs, Op. 55: No. 4, Songs My Mother Taught Me (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
3
Papillon, Op. 77
4
Tango Jalousie (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
5
Five Pieces in the Popular Style, Op. 102
6
Was it a Dream?, Op. 37 No. 4 (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
7
Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1 (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
8
Salut d'amour, Op. 12 (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
9
Three Preludes
10
Romance for Cello and Piano
11
La Gitana (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
12
Il bell'Antonio, Tema III
13
Carnival of the Animals
14
Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34
15
Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6 (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
16
Quartet for the End of Time
17
Beau Soir, L. 6 (Arr. for Cello and Piano)
18
Ave Maria, D. 839, Op. 52 No. 6 (Ellens Gesang III) [Arr. for Cello and Piano]
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