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Performer: Yo-Yo Ma

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“Amid tears and sorrow”: Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax at Tanglewood

Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax © Tanglewood Festival
The two friends dedicate their recital to “the people we've lost”.
*****
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At Carnegie Hall Ax, Kavakos and Ma celebrate Beethoven and Stern

Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma © Jennifer Taylor
For a group of instrumentalists that seldom play together, the level of rhythmic, timbral and, most important, conceptual coordination was amazing.
*****
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An afternoon of fully-fledged Schumann and Brahms at Tanglewood

Yo-Yo Ma and François-Xavier Roth with the Boston Symphony Orchestra © Hilary Scott
Yo-Yo Ma again displayed his wonderful expressiveness, his unsurpassed talent to project over his accompaniment.
****1
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Ax/Kavakos/Ma: An all-star afternoon of Brahms

Leonidas Kavakos, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma © Mark Allan | Barbican
All three of these musicians are virtuosic soloists in their own right, but here they became far more than the sum of their parts – graceful, poised, and sensitive.
*****
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Captivating Bach from Yo-Yo Ma in Cleveland

Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach at Blossom © Roger Mastroianni
Yo-Yo Ma revisits the cello suites with a message for modern times and the polish of a showbiz pro.
*****
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An irascible Don and a Widmann première in Boston

Yo-Yo Ma, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Robert Torres
The US première of Jörg Widmann's Partita featured alongside Mozart and Strauss in Andris Nelsons' carefully chosen program.
****1
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