Songs from the Arc of Life | Sony 88875103162

Songs from the Arc of Life


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 88875103162

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 18th September 2015



Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott create a unique classical music experience with their new Sony Classical recording 'Songs from the Arc of Life'.

This all-new recording also celebrates thirty years of friendship and collaboration in concerts and recordings for Ma and Stott. The album includes pieces they have frequently performed but never recorded, as well as a handful of discoveries.

'Songs from the Arc of Life' begins and ends with two, much-beloved settings of the traditional 'Ave Maria', opening with the soaring, radiant Bach/Gounod arrangement and closing with Schubert’s more serene, contemplative version.

In between is a remarkable spectrum of music that includes such enduring favorites as Brahms’ 'Lullaby', Dvořák’s 'Songs My Mother Taught Me', Elgar’s 'Salut d’amour',”Gade’s 'Jalousie' and Saint-Saëns’ 'The Swan', as well as richly evocative works by Debussy, Delius, Fauré, Gershwin, Grieg, Kreisler, Messaien, Schumann, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.

Ma and Stott also include a haunting piece by the contemporary composer Giovanni Sollima, a friend and colleague of both artists.

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