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Yo-Yo Ma reflects on the emotions of the pandemic / New Classical Tracks

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"We hope that for the many different kinds of people with different tastes and whatever that some of the music will just reach inside and just give a gentle caress." It's a simple intention, and one that is really necessary right now, according to cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He and pianist Kathryn Stott recently released a recording, Songs of Comfort and Hope.

"In the middle of the summer, I was talking to my really longtime colleague and friend Kathy Stott and I said, 'Well, you know, can we do something that's more than just zooming? Can you pick songs that are meaningful to various people around the world?'

"When we need comfort, you know, we look for the touch points in our life, maybe it's baking, the smell of that pie is something you remember from your grandmother. The memories flood back and we look for things like that in the music."

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