Yo-yo Ma & Kathryn Stott - Songs Of Comfort & Hope
Label: SONY CLASSICAL
Yo-Yo Ma Cello, Kathryn Stott Piano
On their album "Songs of Comfort and Hope," cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott bring together 21 unique recordings of sound-painting pieces from classical, jazz and pop that are tied together by a common theme: The feeling of connection The concept for "Songs of Comfort and Hope" was born in April 2020, when people around the world were thrown into a new, dramatic reality that for many meant separation from those closest to them, often bringing fear and isolation Inspired by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott searched for pieces of music to give voice to thoughts and feelings too immediate to put into words. The result is a compilation of 21 compositions ranging from newly arranged folk songs, pop songs and jazz standards to classics of Western art music. Common to all the pieces is a sense of connection, self-assurance and determination The songs on "Songs of Comfort and Hope" tell stories of special events in private and public life, of celebrations and memorials, and of the mysteries of life. The album is at once a tribute to social justice advocates - such as Paul Robeson and Violeta Parra - and also to all those who sing of joy, fantasy and sorrow, such as Wu Tong, Francis Poulenc and Benjamin Britten. Also included are new versions of pieces by composers Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Edward Grieg, Fritz Kreisler, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott hope that the familiar melodies in their new guise will give all listeners a little hope, make them forget everything that divides them and unite them in gratitude, comfort and encouragement. "Songs of Comfort and Hope" is already the second album by pianist Kathryn Stott and cello legend Yo-Yo Ma, who has been awarded 19 Grammys during his career. Their first collaboration resulted in the album "Songs from the Arc of Life", which traces an imaginary path through life using purely musical means and has become a modern classic.