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Beethoven for Three

Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, and Leonidas KavakosNigel Parry

June 23, 2022

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, and violinist Leonidas Kavakos recently released a new album titled "Beethoven for Three." The idea is to take play Beethoven's symphonies arranged for a trio. It works surprisingly well, and we love it! Hear a couple of these pieces and a conversation with the musicians on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Sonata In D Minor For Cello And Piano, Op. 40: Movement 4: Allegro
Yo-Yo Ma, cello | Emanuel Ax, piano
Album: The Essential Yo-Yo Ma
Sony 93927

Jennifer Higdon: Blue Cathedral
The Orchestra Now; James Bagwell, conductor
Bard College, Bard's Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale On-Hudson, NY

Aleksandra Vrebalov: My Desert, My Rose
88.7 KCME/UCCS Presents/ENT Center for the Arts, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO

Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Colin Matthews: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: Movement 1 Allegro con brio
Yo-Yo Ma, cello | Leonidas Kavakos, violin | Emanuel Ax, piano
Album: Beethoven For Three: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5

Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Ferdinand Ries: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36: Movements 3-4
Yo-Yo Ma, cello | Leonidas Kavakos, violin | Emanuel Ax, piano
Album: Beethoven For Three:  Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5

Hour 2

Claude Debussy, arr. Hubert Mouton: Reverie
Minnesota Orchestra
Eiji Oue, conductor
Album: Reveries / Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra
Reference 99

Cesar Franck: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
Orli Shaham, piano | Gary Levinson, violin
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX

Jessie Montgomery: Source Code
Helen Chang Haertzen, violin | Sophia Mockler, violin | Gareth Zehngut, viola | Erik Wheeler, cello
from a concert with Minnesota Orchestra | Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Franz Liszt: Rigoletto Paraphrase
Esther Park, piano
Lake George Music Festival, Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, NY