Hope Amid Tears / Yo-yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax 3-cd
Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax
Excellent new recording of all Beethoven's works for cello and piano With their new recording of Ludwig van Beethoven's works for cello and piano, the cellist and world star Yo-Yo Ma and the pianist Emanuel Ax want to set an example for humanity and hope: "Hope Amid Tears" is the title of the new complete recording of Beethoven's works for cello and piano, i.e. the five sonatas for cello and piano and the three variation cycles, with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax. For, says pianist Ax, "in this time of global uncertainty, grief and suffering, perhaps it is appropriate that we celebrate the composer whose music represents the best in our humanity, namely our humanity." Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax have been making music together for more than 40 years, recording dozens of albums, winning five Grammys (including for their first recording of the cello sonatas), and performing on stages around the world. Their friendship is rooted not only in a deep love of music, but also in a similar sense of humor and a shared view of life's joys and challenges. "Each time Yo-Yo and I work on these sonatas and variations, we find new meanings and new ways to realize them," confesses Emanuel Ax. This exciting new recording is released as a 3-CD set; CDs 1 and 2 feature Beethoven's five cello sonatas, while the third CD features the three variation cycles (7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" WoO 46, 12 Variations on a Theme from Handel's "Judas Maccabaeus" WoO 45, and 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen", Op. 66). The limited first edition of this outstanding Beethoven recording is released as a high-quality digipak and at a great price.