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Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos

Brahms - The Piano Trios

Sony Classical

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Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma: Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major
1 Brahms - Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Opus 87 / Allegro  
2 Andante con moto  
3 Scherzo: Presto  
4 Finale: Allegro giocoso  
5 Brahms - Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor, Opus 101 / Allegro energico  
6 Presto non assai  
7 Andante grazioso  
8 Allegro molto  
9 Brahms - Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Opus 8 / Allegro con brio  
10 Scherzo: Allegro molto  
11 Adagio  
12 Finale: Allegro  
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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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