MUSIC MONDAY: A Prayer on Piano and Cello

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has performed a wide range of musical genres but he gained renown for his performances of classical music. In this video with pianist Kathryn Stott, he performs a short musical prayer:

[YoYoMaVevo / YouTube] Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott – Ave Maria (J.S. Bach/ Gounod)

Learn more:

  • [The Guardian] Yo-Yo Ma: Bach, Big Bird and me: ““Everything that I’ve experienced as a cellist, as a travelling musician, as an immigrant, as a tri-cultural person has made me think about cultural connections,” he says. He argues that we need to think about the cultural connections that happened in the past so we can renew our civilisations now. ” Read more
  • [Yo-Yo Ma website] New Album: Sing Me Home:  “Featuring guest artists Rhiannon Giddens, Bill Frisell, Sarah Jarosz, Abigail Washburn, and Gregory Porter, among others, Sing Me Home examines the ever-changing idea of home, with original and traditional tunes composed or arranged by members of the Ensemble’s unique collective of global artists. ” Read more
  • [Biography] Yo-Yo Ma Biography: “Experimentation and innovation have become the hallmarks of Yo-Yo Ma’s career…He’s delved into Baroque pieces, American bluegrass, as well as traditional Chinese music. While the results may be open to question, his passion is not.” Read more

Photo: Screenshot from YoYoMaVevo YouTube video

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