Today, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott premiere a new performance video for Rachmaninoff’s “Zdes’ khorosho” – watch here. Their recording of the song can be found on their recently released album, Songs of Comfort and Hope, available now on Sony Classical.
Songs of Comfort and Hope is inspired by the series of recorded-at-home musical offerings that Ma began sharing in the first days of the COVID-19 lockdown in the United States. Over the course of the last year, Yo-Yo Ma’s #SongsofComfort grew from a self-shot video of Antonín Dvořák’s “Goin’ Home” into a worldwide effort that has reached more than 20 million people. Ma and Stott marked the next chapter in the project with this album, offering consolation and connection in the face of fear and isolation. The album includes 21 new recordings, which span modern arrangements of traditional folk tunes, canonical pop songs, jazz standards, and mainstays from the western classical repertoire. Full tracklist below.
Ma and Stott’s recording partnership began in 1985, and includes Soul of the Tango and Obrigado Brazil, each of which garnered a GRAMMY® Award for “Best Classical Crossover Album.” Most recently, in 2015, they released the critically acclaimed Songs from the Arc of Life. With Songs of Comfort and Hope, Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott share the warmth of decades of music making again, offering audiences new paths into treasured musical memories and a few notes of hope for a better future.
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