Yo-Yo Ma‘s new album with Emanuel Ax and Leonidas Kavakos, Beethoven for Three: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5, is set for release on March 4, 2022, on Sony Classical and is available for preorder now. The album presents two of Beethoven’s iconic symphonies in intimate arrangements that maintain the power and immediacy of Beethoven’s orchestral works. Listen to the first movement from Symphony No. 5 here. 

Here, Ax, Kavakos, and Ma seek out the most essential elements of Beethoven’s musical language, pairing his second symphony, arranged for trio by Beethoven’s pupil Ferdinand Ries, with his fifth — among the most recognizable pieces in western classical music — in a newly-commissioned arrangement by Colin Matthews.

The new release comes just days before the trio begins a tour of the United States, with performances scheduled in Washington, DC (March 7), New York, NY (March 8), Boston, MA (March 9), Chicago, IL (March 11), and Stony Brook, NY (March 12). 

Beethoven for Three: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5
Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma

Ludwig van Beethoven
Tracks 1-4, arrangement attributed to Ferdinand Ries, under the supervision of the composer

Tracks 4-8, arrangement by Colin Matthews

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36
1.        I. Adagio molto — Allegro con brio
2.        II. Larghetto quasi andante
3.        III. Scherzo. Allegro vivo
4.        IV. Allegro molto

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
5.        I. Allegro con brio
6.        II. Andante con moto
7.        III. Scherzo. Allegro
8.        IV. Allegro

March 7                   Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
March 8                   Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
March 9                   Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
March 11                 Symphony Hall, Chicago, IL
March 12                 Staller Center, Stony Brook, NY