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John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, New York Philharmonic

A Gathering of Friends

Sony Classical
Release Date: May 20, 2022

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Schindler's List
1 Cello Concerto (2021 Revision) / I. Theme & Cadenza  
2 II. Blues  
3 III. Scherzo  
4 IV. Song  
5 Three Pieces from Schindler's List / I. Theme  
6 II. Kraków Ghetto - Winter '41  
7 III. Remembrances  
8 Highwood's Ghost  
9 With Malice Toward None from Lincoln  
10 A Prayer for Peace from Munich  
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John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma renew their celebrated, decades-long collaboration and friendship with A Gathering of Friends, an all-new recording from Sony Classical set for release on May 20, 2022 and available now for preorder. The album is comprised of two acclaimed concert works the composer wrote for the cellist, plus selections from his film scores for Schindler’s List, Lincoln, and Munich.  Featuring Williams himself conducting the New York Philharmonic, A Gathering of Friends also includes special appearances by the Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas and harpist Jessica Zhou.  Accompanying today’s album announcement is the first track release, Theme from Schindler’s List.
John Williams and Yo-Yo Ma first met some four decades ago, when the Oscar-winning composer became conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra and Ma was just beginning his remarkable solo career. Their creative collaboration has extended from the concert hall to the scoring stage to the 2008 inauguration of President Barack Obama, all anchored by an abiding personal connection and mutual regard. From their first encounters, each recognized in the other an understanding that, as Williams simply puts it, “music is our oxygen.”

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