Editors’ Notes 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.

SONG
2:43
 
Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)
2
1:49
 
Gypsy Songs, Op. 55: No. 4, Songs My Mother Taught Me
3
1:56
 
Papillon, Op. 77
4
2:48
 
Tango Jalousie
5
3:42
 
Five Pieces in the Popular Style, Op. 102: I. Vanitas vanitatum
6
3:03
 
Was it a Dream?, Op. 37 No. 4
7
2:16
 
Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1
8
2:40
 
Salut d'amour, Op. 12
9
2:44
 
Three Preludes: No. 1 in B-Flat Major
10
1:51
 
Romance for Cello and Piano
11
6:25
 
La Gitana
12
3:32
 
Il bell'Antonio, Tema III
13
7:34
 
Carnival of the Animals: XIII. The Swan
14
2:54
 
Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 1, The Wounded Heart
15
2:29
 
Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6
16
2:17
 
Quartet for the End of Time: VIII. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus
17
10:17
 
Beau Soir
18
2:31
 
Ave Maria, Op. 52 No. 6 (Ellens Gesang III)
19
4:14
 

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