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Songs from the Arc of Life ()

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composed by Antonin Dvorák, Camille Saint-Saëns, Charles Gounod, Claude Debussy, Edvard Grieg, Edward Elgar, Franz Schubert, Frederick Delius, Fritz Kreisler, Gabriel Fauré, George Gershwin, Giovanni Sollima, Jacob Gade, Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms

Here's a recording that amply demonstrates why Yo-Yo Ma has reached perhaps a wider public than any other serious classical musician. Over the course of his career he has vastly expanded the classical repertory while still staying true to its core. There has been a profound idealism, a high-mindedness, to what he does, combined with an ability to reach ordinary listeners that the greats of the past often mastered, but that is a rare commodity these days. He has rarely recorded short crowd-pleasers and it is typical of his ...

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  1. Meditation on Prelude No. 1 of Bach, for violin or cello & piano with organ or cello ad lib. (or other instrumental arrangement), CG8
  2. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4
  3. Songs my mother taught me (Als die alte Mutter), song for voice & piano, B. 104/4 (Op. 55/4) (Gypsy Melodies)
  4. Papillon, for cello & piano, Op. 77
  5. Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra
  6. Stücke im Volkston (5) for cello (or violin) & piano, Op. 102: I. Vanitas vanitatum
  7. Was it a dream? (Var det en dröm), song for voice & piano, Op. 37/4
  8. Aprčs un ręve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  9. Salut d'amour, for violin & piano, Op. 12
  10. Preludes (3) for piano: Prelude No. 1
  11. Romance, for cello & piano, RT viii/5
  12. La Gitana for violin & piano (after an 18th century Arabo-Spanish Gypsy song)
  13. Il bell'Antonio, television film score: Tema III
  14. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  15. Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34: The Wounded Heart
  16. Valse sentimentale, for piano (or violin & piano) in F minor, Op. 51/6
  17. Quatuor pour la fin du temps, for violin, cello, clarinet & piano, I/22: Louange ŕ l'éternité de Jésus (Praise to the Eternity of Jesus)
  18. Beau soir ("Lorsque au soleil couchant les rivičres sont roses"), song for voice & piano, L. 84 (6)
  19. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
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Songs from the Arc of Life
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