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Sonata No. 5 In D Major, Op. 102 No. 2, I. Alegro Con Brio
Released 30 Apr 2021

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Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search […]
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Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.

One of Mr. Ma’s goals is the exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migrations of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. Expanding upon this interest, in 1998, Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create meaningful change at the intersections of the arts, education, and business.  Under his artistic direction, Silkroad presents performances by the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble and develops new music, cultural partnerships, education programs, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. More than 80 new musical and multimedia works have been commissioned for the Silk Road Ensemble from composers and arrangers around the world. Silkroad’s ongoing affiliation with Harvard University has made it possible to develop programs such as the Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute for educators and teaching artists, held in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a new Cultural Entrepreneurship initiative in partnership with Harvard Business School.

As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, Mr. Ma is partnering with Maestro Riccardo Muti to provide collaborative musical leadership and guidance on innovative program development for The Negaunee Music Institute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and for Chicago Symphony artistic initiatives. Mr. Ma’s work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities.  In March 2016, he was appointed Artistic Advisor at Large to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of their expansive initiatives honoring the centenary of JFK’s birth and to encourage the idea of creative citizenship.

Mr. Ma is also widely recognized for his strong commitment to educational programs that bring the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on “Arthur,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.”

Mr. Ma’s discography of over 100 albums (including 18 Grammy Award winners) reflects his wide-ranging interests.  He has made several successful recordings that defy categorization, among them “Appalachia Waltz” and “Appalachian Journey” with Mark O’Connor and Edgar Meyer, and two Grammy-winning tributes to the music of Brazil, “Obrigado Brazil” and “Obrigado Brazil – Live in Concert.” Mr. Ma’s recent recordings include: “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” with Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, which received the 2013 Grammy for Best Folk Album, and “Songs from the Arc of Life,” with pianist Kathryn Stott.  His most recent release, “Sing Me Home,” recorded with the Silk Road Ensemble, was released in April 2016 as the companion album to documentary film The Music of Strangers.  Created by Oscar-winning producer Morgan Neville, the film follows the Ensemble’s more than 50 musicians, composers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.  Mr. Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field.  All of his recent albums have quickly entered the Billboard chart of classical best sellers, remaining in the Top 15 for extended periods, often with as many as four titles simultaneously on the list.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010).  In 2011, Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. He is currently serving as a UN Messenger of Peace and as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities.  Most recently, Mr. Ma has joined the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees.   He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

Mr. Ma and his wife have two children. He plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.

For additional information, see: www.yo-yoma.com, www.silkroadproject.org, and www.opus3artists.com

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YO-YO MA AND EMANUEL AX TO RELEASE NEW RECORDING OF BEETHOVEN’S COMPLETE WORKS FOR PIANO AND CELLO HOPE AMID TEARS AVAILABLE JUNE 4, 2021– PREORDER NOW SONATA NO. 5 IN D MAJOR, OP. 102 NO. 2, I. ALLEGRO CON BRIO OUT NOW – LISTEN HERE

YO-YO MA AND EMANUEL AX TO RELEASE NEW RECORDING OF BEETHOVEN’S COMPLETE WORKS FOR PIANO AND CELLO  HOPE AMID TEARS AVAILABLE JUNE 4, 2021– PREORDER NOW SONATA NO. 5 IN D MAJOR, OP. 102 NO. 2, I. ALLEGRO CON BRIO OUT NOW – LISTEN HERE   ALBUM ARTWORK (FOR MEDIA USE): DOWNLOAD   “My good […]
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YO-YO MA AND EMANUEL AX

TO RELEASE NEW RECORDING OF

BEETHOVEN’S COMPLETE WORKS FOR PIANO AND CELLO 

HOPE AMID TEARS

AVAILABLE JUNE 4, 2021– PREORDER NOW

SONATA NO. 5 IN D MAJOR, OP. 102 NO. 2, I. ALLEGRO CON BRIO

OUT NOW – LISTEN HERE

 

ALBUM ARTWORK (FOR MEDIA USE): DOWNLOAD

 

“My good friend Manny Ax would always say to me that it doesn’t matter what you did

yesterday; if you’re here today, that’s what counts.”

—Yo-Yo Ma to The New York Times Magazine


(April 30, 2021 — New York, NY) – On Friday, June 4, Yo-Yo Ma and long-time friend and musical partner Emanuel Ax will release Hope Amid Tearsa new recording of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, on Sony Classical. Available now for preorderHope Amid Tears presents Beethoven’s five sonatas for cello and piano in the order in which they were composed, tracing an important arc in Beethoven’s development and approach as a composer. Joining them are Beethoven’s three sets of variations for cello and piano. The first movement of Sonata No. 5 is available today — listen here.

The title is an allusion to the possibly apocryphal story that, in 1809, Beethoven sent a copy of the recently-completed Sonata No. 3 to his friend Ignaz von Gleichenstein with the note “Inter lacrimas et luctum”—“amid tears and grief.” At the time, Vienna was embroiled in the chaos of the Napoleonic Wars, and many of Beethoven’s closest friends and supporters had fled the city. But in this period of loneliness and isolation, compounded by his increasingly profound deafness, Beethoven nonetheless completed works of enduring spirit.

“When we look to music to give us hope for the future, to believe that we can survive and to do good, it is invariably to Beethoven’s,” writes Ax. “His mastery of musical craft was second to none, of course, but it is his indomitable spirit in the face of personal tragedy that makes him unique. In this period of world-wide unease, grief, and suffering, it is perhaps fitting that we are also celebrating the 250th birthday of the composer who represents what is best in our humanity.”

Ma and Ax have made music together for more than 40 years, recording dozens of albums, earning five Grammy Awards, and performing on stages all over the world. Their friendship is not only rooted in a deep love of music, but also a shared sense of humor and keen perspectives on life’s joys and challenges. Hope Amid Tears is their second recording of the complete Beethoven cello sonatas, after a 1987 effort that earned the duo their second Grammy.

 

“It has been a true privilege to live with this music for over forty years,” writes Ax. “Each time that Yo-Yo and I have come back to work on these sonatas and variations, we have found new meaning and new ways of realizing the notes on the page. Fortunately for us, there are so many ways of experiencing them, and finally the music itself is so uplifting that every attempt, whether good or bad, is a joy. I hope we can share with you our awe for Beethoven and our deep love for his vision.”

 

EMANUEL AX AND YO-YO MA

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YO-YO MA AND EMANUEL AX (1980’s)

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Hope Amid Tears
Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma

Beethoven: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 5, No.1
Beethoven: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5, No.2
Beethoven: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Beethoven: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102, No.1
Beethoven: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102, No.2
Beethoven: 7 Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen”, WoO 46
Beethoven: 12 Variations on a Theme from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, WoO 45
Beethoven: 12 Variations in F major on “Ein Madchen oder Weibchen”, Op.66

 

 

 

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, Milan Records, XXIM Records, and Masterworks Broadway imprints. For email updates and information please visit www.sonymusicmasterworks.com/.

 

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YO-YO MA

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EMANUEL AX

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TWITTER: twitter.com/EmanuelAx

 

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