Songs of Comfort & Hope

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Songs of Comfort & Hope
Yo-Yo Ma (cello) Kathryn Stott (piano)

[ Sony Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 11 December 2020

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Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott come together again, this time for Songs of Comfort and Hope,

Songs of Comfort and Hope is inspired by the series of recorded-at-home musical offerings that Ma began sharing in the first days of the COVID-19 lockdown in the United States. Throughout the spring and summer, Yo-Yo Ma's #SongsofComfort grew from a self-shot video of Antonín Dvořák's "Goin' Home" into a worldwide effort that has reached more than 18 million people.

Ma and Stott mark the next chapter in the project with this new album, offering consolation and connection in the face of fear and isolation. The album includes 21 new recordings, which span modern arrangements of traditional folk tunes, canonical pop songs, jazz standards, and mainstays from the western classical repertoire. "Songs are little time capsules of emotions: they can contain long-lost dreams and desires, and feelings of great spirit, optimism, and unity," Ma and Stott write of Songs of Comfort and Hope.


trad.: Amazing Grace
Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein: Ol' Man River
trad.: Londonderry Air
trad.: Scarborough Fair
trad.: Shenandoah
trad.: The Last Rose of Summer
trad.: Thula Baba
Arlen: Over the Rainbow
Dvořák: Goin' Home
Bloch, E: Jewish Song
Grieg: Solveig's Song (from Peer Gynt)
Mendelssohn: Song without Words for Cello & Piano, Op. 109
Parra, V: Gracias a la vida
Poulenc: Les chemins de l'amour
Rachmaninov: How fair this spot, Op. 21 No. 7
Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi, Mikhail Matusovsky: Moscow Nights
Wu Tong: Rain Falling from the Roof
Harry Sdraulig: Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda
Korngold: Marietta's Lied
Parra, V: Gracias a la vida
Ross Parker, Hughie Charles: We'll Meet Again

SongsOfComfort: Dvořák - "Going Home"