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Yo-Yo Ma|Beethoven for Three: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5

Beethoven for Three: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5

Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax

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Often attributed to Beethoven, the piano trio arrangement of his Symphony No. 2 in D major was actually created by his friend and pupil Ferdinand Ries (with the composer’s approval). Armed with this historical knowledge, the English composer and experienced transcriptionist Colin Mathews took the opportunity to turn Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony into a trio. There’s nothing iconoclastic about this approach, which was very common in the past when people made music among themselves.

This programme is made even more delectable by the three international stars that have come together to express their own musical visions. This album was conceived in August 2021 in Tanglewood, the summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, affectionately dedicated to conductor Michael Tilson Thomas who had strongly encouraged the initiative. The recording brings together pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. With this collaboration, you can expect perfection. Questioning the relevance of such a recording seems redundant; these musicians are simply making music of the highest quality for our listening pleasure, all while providing a new perspective on these two timeless masterpieces. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

1
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
00:12:59

Emanuel Ax, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Yo-Yo Ma, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard King, Recording Engineer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jacobsohn, Assistant Engineer - Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax, AssociatedPerformer

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2
II. Larghetto quasi andante
00:10:47

Emanuel Ax, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Yo-Yo Ma, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard King, Recording Engineer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jacobsohn, Assistant Engineer - Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Sound Postings LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

3
III. Scherzo. Allegro vivo
00:03:34

Emanuel Ax, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Yo-Yo Ma, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard King, Recording Engineer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jacobsohn, Assistant Engineer - Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Sound Postings LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

4
IV. Allegro molto
00:06:54

Emanuel Ax, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Yo-Yo Ma, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard King, Recording Engineer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jacobsohn, Assistant Engineer - Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Sound Postings LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

5
I. Allegro con brio
00:07:29

Emanuel Ax, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Colin Matthews, Arranger - Yo-Yo Ma, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard King, Recording Engineer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jacobsohn, Assistant Engineer - Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Sound Postings LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

6
II. Andante con moto
00:10:11

Emanuel Ax, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Colin Matthews, Arranger - Yo-Yo Ma, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard King, Recording Engineer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jacobsohn, Assistant Engineer - Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Sound Postings LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

7
III. Scherzo. Allegro
00:05:16

Emanuel Ax, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Colin Matthews, Arranger - Yo-Yo Ma, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard King, Recording Engineer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jacobsohn, Assistant Engineer - Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Sound Postings LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

8
IV. Allegro
00:11:29

Emanuel Ax, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Colin Matthews, Arranger - Yo-Yo Ma, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard King, Recording Engineer - Steven Epstein, Producer - Leonidas Kavakos, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Jacobsohn, Assistant Engineer - Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos & Emanuel Ax, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Sound Postings LLC, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment

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Often attributed to Beethoven, the piano trio arrangement of his Symphony No. 2 in D major was actually created by his friend and pupil Ferdinand Ries (with the composer’s approval). Armed with this historical knowledge, the English composer and experienced transcriptionist Colin Mathews took the opportunity to turn Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony into a trio. There’s nothing iconoclastic about this approach, which was very common in the past when people made music among themselves.

This programme is made even more delectable by the three international stars that have come together to express their own musical visions. This album was conceived in August 2021 in Tanglewood, the summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, affectionately dedicated to conductor Michael Tilson Thomas who had strongly encouraged the initiative. The recording brings together pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. With this collaboration, you can expect perfection. Questioning the relevance of such a recording seems redundant; these musicians are simply making music of the highest quality for our listening pleasure, all while providing a new perspective on these two timeless masterpieces. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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