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Songs Of Comfort And Hope

Yo Yo Ma And Katheryn Stott

CD  |  Classical  |  22 Jan 2021

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Yo-Yo Ma And Katheryn Stott Songs Of Comfort And Hope CD




Five years ago, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott created an album called “Songs from the Arc of Life,” which charted an imagined lifetime through song and its unique way of storytelling.


It had long been their wish to explore this medium further, but they could never have imagined that the catalyst would be a pandemic that fundamentally rearranged our ways of living.


“Songs of Comfort and Hope” was conceived in April 2020 when people everywhere were entering a dramatic new world, one in which we have been separated from our loved ones and many filled with fear and isolation. Featuring twenty one new recordings, ranging from fresh arrangements of traditional folk tunes, pop songs, and jazz standards to mainstays from the western classical repertoire, the songs on the album bring a sense of community, identity, and purpose, crossing boundaries and binding us together in thanks, consolation, and encouragement.

This is music that tells stories, that marks occasions private and public, that gives voice to celebrations, remembrances, and all of life’s mysteries. These are songs that pay tribute to musical champions of social justice — like Paul Robeson and Violeta Parra — and to the troubadours of our joy, imagination, and sorrow — like Francis Poulenc, Wu Tong, and Benjamin Britten. They are creations that, as Felix Mendelssohn once wrote, express thoughts that are “not too indefinite to be put into words, but on the contrary, too definite.”

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott hope that the familiarity and reinvention contained in this music offers everyone some comfort and hope.


Title: Songs Of Comfort And Hope

Format: CD

Release Date: 22 Jan 2021

Artist: Yo Yo Ma And Katheryn Stott

Sku: 2606729

Catalogue No: 19439822372

Category: Classical



1. Amazing Grace, Prelude (Traditional English Arranged and produced by Graham Fitkin)

2. Ol’ Man River (from Showboat Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II Arranged by Roderick Williams)

3. Shenandoah (Traditional American Arranged By Caroline Shaw)

4. Goin’ Home (from Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World” Antonín Dvorák Arranged by William Arms Fisher)

5. Jewish Song (from Jewish Life, No. 3 Ernest Bloch)

6. Zdes’ khorosho, Op. 21, No. 7 (Sergei Rachmaninoff)

7. Moscow Nights (Vasily Solovyov-Sedoi and Mikhail Matusovsky Arranged by Stephen Hough)

8. Over the Rainbow (from “The Wizard of Oz,” Harold Arlen Arranged by Tom Poster)

9. Rain Falling from the Roof (Wu Tong)

10. Song Without Words, Op. 109 (Felix Mendelssohn)

11. Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda (Harry Sdraulig)

12. Scarborough Fair (Traditional English Arranged by Stephen Hough)

13. Solveig’s Song (from Peer Gynt Edvard Grieg)

14. Les Chemins de l’Amour (Francis Poulenc)

15. Marietta’s Lied (from Die tote Stadt Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

16. Thula Baba (Traditional Zulu lullaby Arranged by Roderick Williams)

17. The Last Rose of Summer (Traditional Irish Arranged by Benjamin Britten)

18. Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) (Traditional Irish Arranged by Fritz Kreisler)

19. Gracias a la Vida (Violeta Parra Arranged by Jorge Calandrelli)

20. We’ll Meet Again (Ross Parker and Hughie Charles Arranged by Jorge Calandrelli)

21. Amazing Grace, Postlude (Traditional English Arranged and produced by Graham Fitkin)