Brahms - The Piano TriosSony Classical
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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his longtime collaborator, pianist Emanuel Ax, are joined by violinist Leonidas Kavakos in their first recording together for Sony Classical, of the piano trios of Johannes Brahms. Ax and Ma have collaborated in a distinguished catalog of Brahms recordings for Sony Classical, but this is their first recording together of the Piano Trios – and their first collaboration with Kavakos. For Ma, who believes Brahms wrote "really difficult music to play well," the collaboration with an old friend (Ax) and their new colleague (Kavakos) was an extraordinary experience. "What I was impressed by was that we could listen to a take and each one of us would make comments, but there was never a disagreement. We actually added these elements together, and it became a better performance. That was unusual. That doesn't happen often with three people, whether they know one another or not."
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Ma,Ax,Kavakos live up to their billing in Barbican season opener / theartsdesk
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Ax, Kavakos, Ma unearth the rich dialogue Brahms envisioned for the piano trio / popMATTERS
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Ax,Ma,Kavakos - Brahms is Interlochen PR: Featured New Release
A new album from Sony Classical presents all three piano trios of Johannes Brahms. Pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have already won multiple Grammy Awards for their previous Brahms recordings. Here they join violinist Leonidas Kavakos in their first recorded collaboration as a trio. Johannes Brahms composed his first piano trio in 1854, when he was just twenty years old. He heavily revised the pi...
Kavakos, Ma, Ax Brahms - The Piano Trios is WFMT: Featured New Release
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his longtime collaborator, pianist Emanuel Ax, are joined by violinist Leonidas Kavakos in their first recording together of all three of the piano trios of Johannes Brahms. Ma and Ax have built together a distinguished catalog of Brahms recordings, but this is their first of the Piano Trios and their first collaboration with Kavakos. The Brahms: Piano Trio No 3 in C minor, Op 10...