Biography Yo-Yo Ma

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris, France, in 1955. He began his cello studies with his father at the age of four and gave his first public recital when he was five. After moving with his family to New York City, he continued cello studies with Janos Scholz, beginning in 1962, followed by lessons with Leonard Rose from 1964 to 1971 at the Juilliard School of Music. He attended Harvard University, where he studied the humanities and played cello in his spare time. His active performing career began after graduation from Harvard in 1976, at which time he was already being compared to two of the twentieth century's best-known cellists, Mstislav Rostropovich and the legendary Pablo Casals (d. 1973). In 1978, Ma was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize.

Ma made his first recordings in 1979, for the Lyrita label. In 1980, he formed an exclusive relationship with the Sony Classical recording company (at that time, CBS Masterworks), for which he has produced well over fifty issues. His recordings include most of the standard cello repertoire--solo, concerto, and chamber--as well as less-known works and contemporary compositions written especially for him. In the 1980s he developed a performing rapport with pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Isaac Stern, and violinist/violist Jaime Laredo. Their recordings together are still hailed as among the best of the genre. More recently, Ma has made recordings on a Baroque-period cello.

Ma has also performed and made recordings of the music of the crossover and world genres. Among these are a collaboration with singer/composer Bobby McFerrin; two recordings of Japanese melodies; the "Appalachian" series, with violinist/bluegrass fiddler Marc O'Connor and composer/double bass player Edgar Meyer; tango recordings with--and in tribute to--Argentinian music pioneer Astor Piazzolla; the Silk Road Project recordings; and Ma's recent work with Brazilian musicians, featuring sambas, bossa novas, and other Brazilian music. Ma has currently won fifteen Grammy Awards.

Throughout his career, Yo-Yo Ma has been an avid supporter of music and arts education. While on tour, he regularly conducts master classes for aspiring musicians as well as more informal music appreciation programs for general audiences.

Discography

Yo-Yo Ma plays cello on all works unless otherwise indicated.

1979

Lyrita SRCS 112
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley, conductor.

Finzi, Gerald
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op.40

RCA Red Seal ARL1-3417
Robert White, tenor; Ani Kafavian, violin; Samuel Sanders, piano.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Walisische Leider - Selections
   Irische Leider - Selections
   Schottische Leider - Selections
   Verschiedene Volkslieder - "Soldier"

1980

CBS Masterworks 35848
Orchestra National de France, Lorin Maazel, conductor.

Saint-Saëns, Camille
   Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 33
Lalo, Edouard
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D minor

Reissues of Saint-Saëns: CBS Masterworks 44562 (1989)
Sony Classical SK 46506 (1991)

Deutsche Grammophon 2531 262
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Mark Zeltser, piano; Berlin Philharmoniker, Herbert Von Karajan, conductor.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, Piano and Orchestra in C Major, Op.56

Reissues: Deutsche Grammophon 2740 262 (1982)
Deutsche Grammophon 415 276 (1990)
Deutsche Grammophon 457 861 (1998)
Deutsche Grammophon 474 569 (2002)

1981

CBS Masterworks 36674
English Chamber Orchestra, Jose Luis Garcia, conductor.

Haydn, Franz Joseph
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in C Major
   Concerto No.2 for Cello and Orchestra in D Major

Reissues of Concerto No. 2: CBS Masterworks 39310 (1984)
CBS Masterworks 44562 (1989)
Sony Classical SK 90392 (2003)

1982

CBS Masterworks 37251
Emanuel Ax, piano.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op.5, No.1
   Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op.5, No.2

Reissue: CBS Masterworks 42446 (1987)

CBS Masterworks 37280
Patricia Zander, piano.

Kreisler, Fritz
   Tambourin Chinois
   Schön Rosmarin
   Liebesfreud
   Liebesleid
Chaminade, Cécile
   Serenade Espagnole
Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Rondino
Dvorák, Antonin
   Indian Lament
   Songs My Mother Taught Me, from "Gypsy Melodies," Op. 55, No. 4
Paganini, Nicolo
   Caprice No. 9
   Caprice No. 13
   Caprice No. 14
   Caprice No. 17
   Caprice No. 24
da Silva, Francisco Manuel
   Variations on a Theme from Gioachino Rossini's Mosé

1983

CBS Masterworks 37794
Kenneth Cooper, harpsichord.

Bach, Johann Sebastian
   Sonata No.1 for Cello and Harpsichord in G Major, BWV 1027
   Sonata No.2 for Cello and Harpsichord in D Major, BWV 1028
   Sonata No.3 for Cello and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1029

Reissue: Sony Legacy 89861 (2002)

CBS Masterworks 37840
Nolan Miller, french horn; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor.

Shostakovich, Dmitri
   Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra in E-Flat Major, Op.107
Kabalevsky, Dmitri
   Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra in G Minor, Op.49

CBS Masterworks I3M 37867

Bach, Johann Sebastian
   Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV 1007
   Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
   Cello Suite No.3 in C Major, BWV 1009
   Cello Suite No.4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010
   Cello Suite No.5 in C minor, BWV 1011
   Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Reissue of Suites 1, 5 and 6: Sony Legacy SK 89796 (2002)

1984

CBS Masterworks 39024
Emanuel Ax, piano.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata No. 3 for Cello and Piano in A Major, Op.69
   Sonata No. 5 for Cello and Piano in D Major, Op.102, No.2

Reissue: Columbia 42446 (1987)

CBS Masterworks 39059
Claude Bolling, piano; Jean-Luc Dayan, drums; Marc Michel, bass.

Bolling, Claude
   Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio

CBS Masterworks 39134
Cleveland Quartet.

Schubert, Franz
   Quintet in C Major, Op.163, D.956

CBS/Sony [Japan] 28AC 1750 - "Yo-Yo Ma Plays Japan"
Patricia Zander, harpischord; Sumire Yoshiwara, percussion; Hiroaki Naka, double bass; Pro Musica Nipponia, Michio Mayima, conductor.

Yamada, Kohsaku
   Matsushima-ondo
   Chogoku-chiho-no-komoriuta
Taki, Rentaro
   Kojo-no-tsuki
Sugiyama, Haseo
   Defune
Hirai, Kohzaburo
   Nara-yama
Konoe, Hidemaro
   Chin-chin-chidori
Hashimoto, Kunihiko
   Oroku-musume
Mamiya, Michio
   Chiran-bushi
Traditional
   Zui-Zui zukkorobashi
   Sakura, sakura

US issue: CBS Masterworks 39703 as "Japanese Melodies" (1985)

1985

CBS Masterworks 39541
London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn, conductor.

Elgar, Edward
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, Op.85
Walton, William
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

Reissue of Elgar: CBS Masterworks 44562 (1989)

CBS Masterworks 39561
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Gidon Kremer, violin.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Divertimento for String Trio in E-Flat Major, K.563

RCA Red Seal ARC1-7022
Emanuel Ax, piano.

Brahms, Johannes
   Sonata No.1 for Cello and Piano in E Minor, Op.38
   Sonata No.2 for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op.99

Reissue: RCA Red Seal 59415 (2004)

1986

CBS Masterworks 39863
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, conductor.

Strauss, Richard
   Don Quixote, Op.35
Schoenberg, Arnold
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D Major

Reissues of Don Quixote: CBS Masterworks 45804 (1990)
Sony Classical 94735 (2005)

CBS Masterworks IM 42121
Emanuel Ax, piano.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata No.4 for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op.102, No.1
   Seven Variations in E-Flat Major on the theme "Bei Mannern welche Liebe Fuhlen" from Mozart's opera Die Zauberflaute, WoO. 46
   Twelve Variations in G Major on the Theme "See, The Conqu'ring Hero Comes", from Handel's Oratorio Judas    Maccabaeus, WoO. 45
   Twelve Variations in F Major on the Theme "Ein Mädchen Oder Weibchen," from Mozart's Die Zauberflüte, Op. 66

Reissue: Columbia 42446 (1987)

1987

CBS Masterworks 39964
Layton James, harpsichord; The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zuckerman, conducting and violin.

Boccherini, Luigi
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B-Flat Major
Bach, Johann Christian
   Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A Major

Reissue of J. C Bach: Sony Legacy 89861 (2002)

CBS Masterworks 42134
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Gidon Kremer, violin; Daniel Phillips, violin.

Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus
   Adagio and Fugue for String Quartet in C minor, K. 546
Schubert, Franz
   String Quartet No.15 in G Major, Op. 161, D.887

Teldec 15870
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, conductor.

Brahms, Johannes
   Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102, "Double Concerto"

CBS Masterworks 42206
Berlin Philharmonic Orchetrsta, Lorin Maazel, conductor.

Dvorák, Antonin
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104
   Silent Woods, for Cello and Orchestra in D-Flat Major, Op. 68, No.5
   Rondo for Cello and Orchestra in G minor, Op. 94

Reissues of Concerto: CBS Masterworks 44562 (1989)
Sony Legacy 89860 (2002)
Reissue of Silent Woods: Sony Classical SK 46687 (1994)

1988

CBS Masterworks 42387
Isaac Stern, violin; Jaime Laredo, viola; Emanuel Ax, piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, conductor.

Brahms, Johannes
   Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op.102
   Piano Quartet No.3 in C minor, Op.60

Reissue of Concerto: Sony Classical SK 45999 (1990)
Reissue: Sony Classical 90405 (2003)

CBS Masterworks 42663
Emanuel Ax, piano; Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Colin Davis, conductor.

Schumann, Robert
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor, Op.129
   Fantasiestucke, Op.73
   Adagio and Allegro in A-Flat Major, Op.70
   Fünf Stücke in Volkston, Op.102

Reissue of Concerto: CBS Masterworks 44562 (1989)
Complete reissue: Sony Classical SK 92757 (2005)

CBS Masterworks 44527
Young Uck Kim, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano.

Dvorák, Antonin
   Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in F minor, Op. 65
   Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in E minor, Op. 90, "Dumky"

Reissue of "Dumky": Sony Legacy 89860 (2002)

CBS Masterworks 44664
Isaac Stern, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano.

Shostakovich, Dmitri
   Trio No. 2 for Piano, Violin and Cello in E minor, Op. 67
   Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40

1989

CBS Masterworks 44796 - "A Portrait of Yo-Yo Ma"

Saint-Saëns, Camille
   "The Swan" from Carnival of the Animals
Bach, Johann Sebastian
   Boureé from Suite No. 3 in C Major for Unaccompanied Cello
   Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Seven Variations in E-flat Major on the Theme "Bei Männern, Welche Liebe Fühlen," from Mozart's Die Zauberflute,    WoO. 46
Traditional
   Sakura, Sakura
Dvorák, Antonin
   "Songs My Mother Taught Me" from Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55, No. 4
Kreisler, Fritz
   Schön Rosmarin
   Liebesleid
   Liebesfreud
   Tambourin Chinois
Paganini, Niccolo
   Caprice No. 24
Haydn, Franz Joseph
   Concerto No. 2 in D Major for Cello and Orchestra, Hob.VIIb: 2

All except Saint-Saëns previously issued.

CBS Masterworks 44900
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor.

Barber, Samuel
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 22
Britten, Benjamin
   Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68

CBS Masterworks 44903
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor.

Shostakovich, Dmitri
   Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra in E-Flat Major, Op. 107

CBS Masterworks 44924
Kim Kashkashian, viola; Gidon Kremer, violin; Daniel Phillips, violin.

Shostakovich, Dmitri
   String Quartet No. 15 in E-Flat minor, Op. 144
Gubaidulina, Sofia
   Rejoice, for Violin and Cello

CBS Masterworks 44980
Emanuel Ax, piano.

Strauss, Richard
   Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op. 6
Britten, Benjamin
   Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 65

Reissue of Strauss: Sony Classical 94735 (2005)

CBS Masterworks 45546 - "The Japanese Album"
Yasuko Nakashima, koto soloist; Isaac Stern, violin; Utae Uno, koto soloist; Hozan Yamamoto, shakuhachi; Shinichi Yuize, koto soloist; Patricia Zander, harpsichord; Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute; Sumire Yoshiwara, percussion; Hiroaki Naka, bass; Pro Musica Nipponia, Michio Mamiya, Masaaki Hayakawa, Bondai Fuju and Takatoshi Naitoh, conductors.

Traditional
   Sakura Sakura
   Yamanakabushi
   Toryanse
   Oharabushi
   Imayoh
   Imayo
   *Sakura, Sakura
Konoe, Hidemaro
   *Chin-Chin-Chidori
Yoshizawa, Kengyo
   Chidori No Kyoku
Sugiyama, Haseo
   *Defune
Miyazaki, Kazuaki
   Shimabara No Komoriuta
Yamada, Kohsaku
   Chugoko-Chiho-No-Komoriuta
Yamada, Takashi
   Jogashima No Ame
Miyagi, Michio
   Haru No Umi

Titles with "*" are previously issued on CBS/Sony 28AC 1750 and CBS Masterworks 39703 (1985).

CBS Masterworks 45574 - "Anything Goes: Stephanie Grappelli and Yo-Yo Ma play (Mostly) Cole Porter"
Stephanie Grappelli, violin; Roger Kellaway, piano and arrangements; Marc Fosset, guitar; Jon Burr, bass; Daniel Humair, drums.

Porter, Cole
   "Anything Goes"
   "Easy to Love"
   "I Concentrate on You"
   "Just One of Those Things"
   "In the Still of the Night"
   "So In Love"
   "All Through the Night."
Kellaway, Roger
   "Love of My Life"
Stratta, Ettore
   "Pas-de-two"
Burwell, Cliff
   "Sweet Lorraine"

1990

CBS Masterworks 45846 - "Brahms: The Piano Quartets"
Isaac Stern, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano; Jaime Laredo, viola.

Brahms, Johannes
   Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 25
   Quartet for Piano and Strings in C minor, Op. 60
   Quartet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 26

Reissue: Sony Classical SK 64520 (1995)

CBS Masterworks 46203
Alexander Heller, bassoon; Marlboro Recording Society, Marcel Moyse, conductor.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Serenade No. 10 in B-Flat Major, K. 361
   Sonata for Bassoon and Cello in B-Flat Major, K. 292

Reissue of Sonata: Sony Classical SK 92730 (2004)

1991

Sony Classical SK 46486
Emanuel Ax, piano.

Prokofiev, Sergei
   Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 119
Rachmaninov, Sergei
   Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19

Reissued on Sony Classical SK 90397 in 2003

1992

Rabbit Ears R2 70442 - "King Midas and the Golden Touch"
Story Reading by Michael Caine; Musical selections performed by Ellis Marsalis and Yo-Yo Ma.

Sony Classical SK 47690
Samuel Rhodes, viola; Joel Smirnoff, violin; Walter Trampler, viola; Robert Mann, violin; Joel Krosnick, cello.

Schoenberg, Arnold
   Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (Original version for string sextet)

Sony Classical SK 48177 - "Hush"
Bobby McFerrin, voice.

McFerrin, Bobby
   Grace
   Stars
   Coyote
   Hoedown!
   Goodbye
Vivaldi, Antonio
   Andante from Concerto for 2 Mandolins in D minor
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolai
   "Flight of the Bumblebee" from The Legend of Tsar Sultan
Traditional
   Hush Little Baby
Bach, Johann Sebastian / Hendrix, Jimi
   Musette from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (with intro from "Purple Haze")
Barriere, Jean
   Allegro Prestissimo from Sonata for Two Cellos
Bach, Johann Sebastian
   Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3

Sony Classical SK 48066
Isaac Stern, violin; Jaime Laredo, violin and viola; Emanuel Ax, piano.

Fauré, Gabriel
   Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15
   Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45

Reissue: Sony Classical SK 92745 (2004)

Sony Classical SK 48191
Emanuel Ax, piano.

Brahms, Johannes
   Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in E minor, Op.38
   Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in F Major, Op.99
   Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 (arranged for cello)

Sony Classical SK 48382
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, conductor.

Prokofiev, Sergei
   Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 125
Tchiakovsky, Peter Ilyich
   Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33
   Andante Cantabile for Cello Solo and String Orchestra, Op. Post.

Sony Classical SK 47655
Gérard Caussé, viola; Philippe Entremont, piano; Gaby Casadesus, piano; Alain Marion, flute; Michel Arrignon, clarinet; Michel Cals, glockenspiel; Michel Cerutti, xylophone; Régis Pasquier, violin; Yan Pascal Tortelier, violin; Gabin Lauridon, double bass.

Saint-Saëns
   Carnival of the Animals (Chamber Version)

Reissue: Sony Classical SK 87277 (2003)

Sony Classical S2K 45820 - "Brahms: Sextets and More"
Isaac Stern, violin; Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Michael Tree, viola; Jaime Laredo, viola; Sharon Robinson, cello; Emanuel Ax, piano.

Brahms, Johannes
   Sextet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and 2 Cellos in B-Flat Major, Op. 18
   Theme with Variations in D minor, for Piano
   Sextet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and 2 Cellos in G Major, Op. 36

1993

Sony Classical Video 46392 (VHS) - "Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood"
with Isaac Stern, Jian Wang, Leon Fleisher, Bobby McFerrin, Emanuel Ax, Roger Norrington, Louise Vosgerchain and H. K. Gruber.

With excerpts from:
Bach, Johann Sebastian
   Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major
Brahms, Johannes
   Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
McFerrin, Bobby
   Drive
Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor, Op. 5, No. 2
Gruber, Heinz Karl "Nali"
   Cello Concerto in One Movement
   Frankenstein!!!

Sony Classical SK 53126 - "Made in America"
Gilbert Kalish, piano; Ronan Lefkowitz, violin; Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Lynn Chang, violin.

Bernstein, Leonard
   Clarinet Sonata
Kirchner, Leon
   Triptych
Gershwin, George
   Three Preludes
Ives, Charles
   Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano

1994

Sony Classical SK 66301 - "Immortal Beloved"

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Largo assai ed espressivo (excerpt) from Piano Trio No.4 in D Major, Op.70, No.1, "Ghost"

Sony Classical SK 53112
Pamela Frank, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano; Eva Osinska, piano (4th work).

Chopin, Frédéric
   Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 8
   Polonaise Brillant for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 3
   Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65
   Polonaise Brillant for Piano in C Major, Op. 3

Sony Classical SK 53339
Isaac Stern, violin; Jaime Laredo, violin; Emanuel Ax, piano.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 16
Schumann, Robert
   Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47

Sony Classical SK 57961 - "The New York Album"
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor.

Albert, Stephen
   Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra
Bartók, Béla
   Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Op. Posth. (Arranged for cello)
Bloch, Ernest
   Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Violoncello and Orchestra

1995

EMI Classics 55516
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Daniel Barenboim, piano; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin State Opera Chorus, Daniel Berenboim, conductor.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C Major, Op. 56
   Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80, "Choral Fantasy"

DVD issue: Angel 92994 (2003)

Sony Classical SK 67173 - "Concertos from the New World"
New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, conductor.

Dvorák, Antonin
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104
Herbert, Victor
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30

Reissue: Sony Classical SK 93072 (2004)

Sony Video 66312 - "Tackling the Monster: Marsalis on Practice"

Shostakovich, Dmitri
   Cadenza from Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107

Sony Classical SK 57499
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Emanuel Ax, piano.

Brahms, Johannes
   Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello in A minor, Op. 114
Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Cello in B-Flat Major, Op. 11
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola (Cello) in E-Flat Major, K. 498

Reissue: Sony Classical SK 92730 (2004)
Reissue of Mozart: Sony Classical 93071 (2004)

1996

Sony Classical SK 66299
The Philadelphia Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor.

Danielpour, Richard
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Kirchner, Leon
   Music for Cello and Orchestra
Rouse, Christopher
   Violoncello Concerto

Sony Classical SK 53983
Isaac Stern & Cho-Liang Lin, violins; Jaime Laredo, viola; Sharon Robinson, cello.

Schubert, Franz
   Quintet for Two Violins, Viola and Two Violoncellos in C Major, D. 956
Boccherini, Luigi
   Quintet No. 5 for Two Violins, Viola and Two Violoncellos in E Major, Op. 13

Sony Classical 57971
Peter Serkin & Emanuel Ax, piano; Stefan Huge, percussion; Omar Ebrahim, narrator; Deborah Marshall, clarinet; William Purvis, French horn; David Taylor, trombone; Andras Adjoran, flute.

   King Gesar - Peter Lieberson

Sony Classical 68480 - "Appalachia Waltz"
Edger Meyer, double-bass and piano; Mark O'Connor, violin and mandolin.

Traditional
   The Green Groves of Erin / The Flowers of Red Hill
   Chief Sitting in the Rain
   College Hornpipe
   Star of the County Down
   Speed the Plow Medley
O'Connor, Mark
   Appalachia Waltz
   Butterfly's Day Out
   Druid Fluid
   F.C.'s Jig
   Old Country Fairytale
   Fair Dancer Reel
Meyer, Edgar
   Mama
   First Impressions
   Etienne et Petunia
   Pickles
   Schizoozy

Sony Classical 61964
Pamela Frank, violin; Rebecca Young, viola; Edgar Meyer, double-bass; Emanuel Ax, piano; Barbara Bonney, soprano.

Schubert, Franz
   Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and Contrabass in A Major, Op. Posth. 114, D. 667, "Trout Quintet"
   Sonata for Piano and Arpeggione in A minor, D. 821 (transcribed for Cello)
   "Die Forelle" for voice and piano

Reissue: Sony Classical SK 92765 (2005)

1997

Sony Classical SK 63122 - "Soul of the Tango"
Sergio & Odair Assad, guitars; Kathryn Stott, piano; Nestor Marconi, bandoneón; Antonio Agri, violin; Horacio Malvicino, guitar; Hector Console, bass; Leonardo Marconi, piano; Gerardo Gandini, piano; Frank Corliss, piano; Edwin Barker, acoustic guitar; Oscar Castro-Neves, bass; Astor Piazzola, bandoneon.

Piazzolla, Astor
   Le Grand Tango
   History of the Tango: Café 1930
   Libertango
   Milonga del Angel
   Tres Minutos con la realidad
   Tango Suite for Two Guitars
   Sur: Regresso El Amor
   Fugata
   Mumiki
Piazzola, Astor & Jorge Callendrelli
   Tango Remembrances

Sony Classical SK 63216 - "Mark O'Connor: Liberty!"
Mark O'Connor, violin; Wynton Marsalis, trumpet; John Jarvis, keyboards; John Berenberg, guitar; John Mock, recorder, whistles & bodhran; Glenn Worf, bass; James Taylor, vocals & guitar; Jerry Douglas, dobro; Marc Schatz, banjo & bass; Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor.

O'Connor, Mark
   Song of the Liberty Bell (folk version)
   Surrender the Sword
   Song of the Liberty Bell (for violin and strings)
Traditional
   Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
   Soldier's Joy
   The World Turned Upside Down
   The Flowers of Edinburgh
   Brave Wolf
   Devil's Dream
Shield, William
   When Bidden to the Wake or the Fair
Law, Andrew
   Bunker Hill
Einhorn, Richard
   Freedom

Sony Classical SK 60271 - "Seven Years in Tibet - Soundtrack"

Sony Classical SK 63368
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Yip's Children's Choir, Hubei Bianzhong Bell Ensemble, Tan Dun, conductor.

Dun, Tan
   Symphony 1997, "Heaven Earth Mankind" for Cello Solo, Bian-zhong, Children's Chorus and Orchestra

Sony Classical SK 66841
Emanuel Az, piano; Isaac Stern, violin; Jaime Laredo, viola.

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
   Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493
   Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478

Reissues: Sony Legacy SK 89794 (2002)
Sony Classical SK 93071 (2004)

Sony Classical SK 62004 - "From Ordinary Things"
Sylvia McNair, soprano; Andre Previn, piano; Sandra Church, alto flute.

Previn, André
   Sonata for Cello and Piano (1993)
   Four Songs for Soprano, Cello and Piano (1994)
   Two Remembrances, for Soprano, Alto Flute and Piano (1995)
   Vocalise, for Soprano, Cello and Piano (1995)

1998

Sony Classical SK 62821
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor.

Tavener, John
   The Protecting Veil, for Cello and String Orchestra
   Wake Up...and Die, for Solo Cello and Orchestral Cello Section

Sony Classical SK 48253
Jaime Laredo, violin; Joseph Silverstein, violin; Joel Smirnoff, violin; Michael Tree, viola; Leon Fleischer, piano.

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
   Suite for Two Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand, Op. 23
Schmidt, Franz
   Quintet for Two Violins, Viola, Cello and Piano Left Hand in G Major

Sony Classical Video - 6 Part VHS Series- "Inspired by Bach"

   60196 - "The Music Garden - Cello Suite No.1"
   60197 - "The Sound of the Carceri - Cello Suite No.2"
   60198 - "Falling Down Stairs - Cello Suite No. 3"
   62852 - "Sarabande - Cello Suite No. 4"
   62724 - "Struggle for Hope - Cello Suite No. 5"
   62808 - "Six Gestures - Cello Suite No. 6"

Reissued on DVD in 2000

1999

Sony Classical 64114 - "Yo-Yo Ma: Solo"

Sheng, Bright
   Seven Tunes Heard in China
Wilde, David
   The Cellist of Sarajevo - A Lament in Rondo Form for Solo Cello
Tcherepnin, Alexander
   Suite for Solo Cello
Kodály, Zoltán
   Sonata for Cello Solo, Op.8
O'Connor, Mark
   Appalachia Waltz (Solo Cello Version)

Sony Classical SK 63229
Emanuel Ax, piano; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitnik, conductor.

Brahms, Johannes
   Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra in B-flat Major, Op. 83
   Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major (arranged from Sonata in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 78)

Sony Classical SK 61665 - "Lulie the Iceberg"
Paul Winter, soprano saxophone; Pamela Frank, violin; Sam Waterston, narrator; Orchestra of St. Luke's, Derrick Inouye, conductor.

Sony Classical SMK 61698 - "Song and Dance: Nationalism in Music"
Patricia Zander, Piano

Dvorák, Antonin
   Songs My Mother Taught Me, Op.55, No.4 (arr. Fritz Kreisler)

Sony Classical SK 60680 - "Simply Baroque"
Yo-Yo Ma, Baroque cello; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman, conductor, harpsichord and organ.

Bach, Johann Sebastian
   "Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren," BWV 167
   "Erbarme dich," from Matthaus-Passion, BWV 244
   "Jesus, bleibet meine Freude," BWV 147
   "Ertöt' uns durch dein' Güte," BWV 22
   "Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ," BWV 639
   "Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter," BWV 650
   "Laß mein Herz die Münze sein," BWV 163
   "Dein Blut, der edle Saft," BWV 136
   Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3, BWV 1068
Boccherini, Luigi
   Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra in G Major, G. 480
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D Major, G. 478

Reissue: Sony Classical 90386 (2003)

2000

RCA Victor Red Seal 63665 - "Romantic Cello"
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov, conductor.

Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich
   Variations for Cello and Orchestra on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33

Sony Classical SK 89347 - "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

Music by Tan Dun. Cello solos by Yo-Yo Ma

Sony Classical SK 60747
Emanel Ax, piano; James Toco, piano.

Corigliano, John
   Fancy on a Bach Air
   Fantasy on an Ostinato
   Etude Fantasy
   Phantasmagoria

Sony Classical SK 60681 - "Simply Baroque II"
Yo-Yo Ma, Baroque cello; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Ton Koopman, conductor, harpsichord, organ.

Bach, Johann Seabastian
   "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan," BWV 75
   Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
   "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 645
   "Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten," BWV 647
   "Die Hoffnung wart' der rechten Zeit," BWV 186
   "Meine Seele erhebet den Herren," BWV 648
   "Schafe können sicher weiden," BWV 208
   "Es danke, Gott und lobe dich das Volk in guten Taten," BWV 76
   "Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ," BWV 649
Boccherini, Luigi
   Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in B-flat Major, G. 482
   Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in D Major, G. 476

Reissue of first three selections: Sony Classical 90386 (2003)

Sony Classical SK 66782 - "Appalachian Journey"
Marc O'Connor, violin; Edgar Meyer, bass; Mike Marshal, mandolin; James Taylor, guitar and vocals; Bela Fleck, banjo; Alison Kraus, violin and vocals.

Meyer, Edgar
   1B (Instrumental)
   Indecision
   Duet for Cello and Bass
   Cloverfoot Reel
   Second Time Around
O'Connor, Mark
   Misty Moonlight Waltz
   Emily's Reel
   Poem for Carlita
   Caprice for Three
   Vistas
Foster, Stephen
   Hard Times Come Again No More
   Slumber My Darling
Tradional
   Limerock
   Benjamin
   Fisher's Hornpipe

Sony Classical SVD 89262 - "Appalachian Journey Live" - DVD
Marc O'Connor, violin; Edgar Meyer, bass; James Taylor, guitar and vocals; Alison Kraus, violin and vocals.

Sony Classical SK 62957
Isaac Stern, violin; Jaime Laredo, viola; Emanuel Ax, piano.

Dvorák, Antonin
   Quartet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 87
   Romantic Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 75
   Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 100

Reissue: Sony Classical SK 93013 (2003)

2001

Sony Classical SK 89667 "Classic Yo-Yo"
Compilation of past recordings with 3 new recordings

Traditional
   Simple Gifts (with Alison Kraus)
Piazzolla, Astor
   Fear Tango
Williams, John
   American Collection Theme

Sony Classical SK 89683 - "Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology"
Contains selections from "Appalachian Waltz" and "Appalachian Journey"

Sony Classical SK 60956
Edgar Meyer, double bass; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff, conductor.

Meyer, Edgar
  Concerto for Cello and Double Bass, "Double"

2002

Sony Classical SK 87709 - "Naqoyatsi"
Philips Glass Ensemble, Michael Riesman, conductor.

Glass, Philip
   Naqoyqatsi

Sony Classical SK 89670 - "Yo-Yo Ma Plays John Williams"
The Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles, John Williams, conductor.

Williams, John
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
   Elegy for Cello and Orchestra
   Three Pieces for Solo Cello
   Heartwood

Sony Classical SK 89782 - "Silk Road Journeys - When Strangers Meet"
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

Traditional Mongolian
   Mongolian Traditional longsong
Sharav, Byambasuren
   Legend of Herlen
   Traditional Chinese
   Blue Little Flower
   Mido Mountain
Jiping, Zhao
   Moon over Guan Mountain"
Mamiya, Michio
   No. 3: "Miero vuotti uutta kuuta" from Five Finnish Folk Songs
   No. 5: "Joiku," from Five Finnish Folk Songs
Traditional Persian
   Avaz-e Dashti
Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz
   Habil-Sayagy (In Habil's Style)
Kalhor, Kayhan
   Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur
Azzailo, Fillippo
   Chi passa per'sta strada
Dun, Tan
   Desert Capriccio

Sony Classical SK 89935 - "Obrigado Brazil"
Cesar Carmargo Mariano, piano; Paulo Braga, drums; Nilson Matta, double bass; Helio Alves, piano; Cyro Baptista, percussion; Rosa Passos, guitar and voice; Sergio Assad, guitar; Odair Assad, guitar; Romero Lubambo, guitar; Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet; Kathryn Stott, piano; Oscar Castro-Neves, guitar; Egberto Gismondi, guitar; Jose De Faria, percussion; Jose Da Silva, percussion.

Mariano, César Camargo
   Cristal
   Samambaia
Jobim, Antonio Carlos
   Chega de Suadade
Villa-Lobos, Heitor
   A Lenda do Coboclo, W 166
   Choro No. 5 for Piano, Alma Brasiliera
do Bandolim, Jacob
   Doce de Coco
Guarnieri, Camargo Mozart
   Dansa Brasiliera
   Dansa Negra
Baden-Powell, Roberto
   Apelo
   Pixinguinha
   Um a Zero
   Carinhoso
Assad, Sergio
   Menino
Gismonti, Egberto
   Bodas de Prata
   Quatro Cantos
   Salvador
Azevedo, Waldyr
   Brasileirinho
Moraes, Vinicius de
   O Amor em Paz

Sony Classical SK 89936 - "Isaac Stern - In Tribute and Celebration"
Isaac Stern , violin; Cho Liang-Lin, violin;. Jaime Laredo, viola; Michael Tree, viola.

Brahms, Johannes
    Quintet for Strings No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111

Reissue: Sony Classical SK 92740 (2004)

2003

Angel DVD 92994
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Daniel Barenboim, piano; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin State Opera Chorus, Daniel Berenboim, conductor.

Beethoven, Ludwig van
   Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C Major, Op. 56
   Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80, "Choral Fantasy"

Recording first issued on EMI Classics 55516 in 1995.

Sony Classical SK 87287 - "Paris: La Belle Epoque"
Kathryn Stott, piano.

Fauré, Gabriel
   Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 13 (arranged for cello)
Franck, César
   Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major (arranged for cello)
Massenet, Jules
   "Meditation" from Thais
Saint-Saëns, Camille
   Havanaise, Op. 83

Reissue of Fauré Sonata: Sony Classical 92745 (2004)

Virgin Classics 45549
ORTF Chamber Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, conductor.

Chen, Qigang
   Reflet d'un temps disparu

2004

Sony Classical SK 90970 - "Obrigado from Brazil: Live"
Nilson Matta, double bass; Cyro Baptista, percussion; Rosa Passos, guitar and voice; Sergio Assad, guitar; Odair Assad, guitar; Paquito D'Rivera, clarinet; Kathryn Stott, piano.

Piazzolla, Astor
   Liberango
   Andante and Allegro, from Tango Suite
   Zita
Jobim, Antonio Carlos
   Chega de Saudade
   águas de Março
   So Danco Samba
Annonymous
   Merengue
Assad, Sergio
   Menino
D'Rivera, Paquito
   Wapango
   Aires Tropical: "Afro"
do Bandolim, Jacob
   Doce de Coco
Mariano, César Camargo
   Cristal
Gismonti, Egberto
   Bodas de Prata & Quatro Cantos
Barroso, Ary
   Aquarela do Brazil

Sony Classical SK 92858 - "The Dvorak Album"
Reissued from various earlier recordings.

Dvorák, Antonin
   Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B minor, Op. 104
   Klid (Silent Woods) for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68, No. 5
   Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E minor, Op. 72
   Humoresque No. 7 in G-flat Major, Op. 101
   Songs My Mother Taught Me, from Gypsy Melodies, Op. 55, No. 4

Sony Classical SK 90916 - "Vivaldi's Cello"
Yo-Yo Ma, Baroque cello;. The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman, conductor.

Vivaldi, Antonio
   Concerto for 2 Cellos, Strings and Basso Continuo in G minor, RV 531
   Largo from The Four Seasons: Winter, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297
   Concerto for Cello, Strings and Basso Continuo in B-flat Major, RV 423
   "Così sugl' occhi miei," from La Fida Ninfa, RV 714
   Concerto for Viola d'Amour, Lute and Orchestra, RV 540
   "La gloria del mio sangue," from Il Giustino, RV 717
   Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo in C minor for Cello, RV 401
   "Noli, ò cara, te adorantis," from Juditha Triumphans, RV 644
   "Laudamus Te," from Gloria, RV 589
   "Quanto magis generosa," from Juditha Triumphans, RV 644
   "Dite oihmè," from La Fida Ninfa, RV 714

Sony Classical SK 92740
Isaac Stern, violin; Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Jaime Laredo, viola; Michael Tree, viola

Brahms, Johannes
   Quintet for Strings No. 2 in GMajor, Op. 111

Sony Classical 93456 and CD/DVD 93472 - "Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone"
Roma Sinfonietta, Gilda Butta, conductor.

Morricone, Ennio
   The Mission: Gabriel's Oboe
   The Mission: The Falls
   Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: "Playing Love," from The Legend of 1900
   Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: "Nostalgia," from Cinema Paradiso
   Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: "Looking for You (Love Theme)," from Cinema Paradiso
   Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: "Malena (Main theme)"
   Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: "Remembering (Ricordare)"
   Sergio Leone Suite: "Deborah's Theme," from Once Upon A Time In America
   Sergio Leone Suite: "Cockeye's Song," from Once Upon a Time in America
   Sergio Leone Suite: Main Theme from Once Upon a Time in America
   Sergio Leone Suite: Main Theme from Once Upon a Time in the West
   Sergio Leone Suite: "Ecstasy of Gold," from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
   Brian DePalma Suite: Main Theme from Casualities of War
   Brian DePalma Suite: Death Theme from The Untouchables
   Moses and Marco Polo Suite: "Journey." from Moses
   Moses and Marco Polo Suite: Theme from Moses
   Moses and Marco Polo Suite: Main Theme from Marco Polo
   The Lady Caliph: Dinner
   The Lady Caliph: Nocturne

2005

Sony Classical 93927 - "The Essential Yo-Yo Ma"
Numerous tracks culled from past Columbia / Sony recordings.

Sony Classical 93962- "Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon"
The Silk Road Ensemble. Alan Pierson, conductor.

   Mohini (Enchantment)
   Oasis
   Distant Green Valley
   Akhalqalaqi Dance
   Echoes Of A Lost City
   Mountains Are Far Away
   Yanzi (Swallow Song)
   Battle Remembered
   Summer In The High Grassland
   Kor Arab (The Blind Arab)
   Shikasta (Minstrel's Song)
   Night At The Caravanserai
   Gallop Of A Thousand Horses
   Tarang (Currents)
   Sacred Cloud Music


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