Perlman, Ax and Ma collaborate on Mendelssohn Trios

With the Super Bowl recently passed, and the Olympics gearing up, I started trying to put together a sort of classical music “dream team.”

With the Super Bowl recently passed, and the Olympics gearing up, I started trying to put together a sort of classical music “dream team.” But before I could get very far, a CD arrived in my mailbox that filled the lineup perfectly.

After years of friendship and some on-stage collaboration, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Emmanuel Ax, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma appear together on a recording. These three living legends combine their talents on this Sony Classics release of Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trios Opus 49 and 66.

Emmanuel Ax notes that when deciding on the literature for this groundbreaking recording, the Mendelssohn trios immediately came to mind. “The Music of Mendelssohn,” he says, “reflects what he must have been as a human being – inspired, deeply touching, and full of generosity.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Piano Trios Op. 49 and 66
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Emmanuel Ax, piano — Mendelssohn: Piano Trios (Sony Classics, 2010)
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Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Piano Trios Op. 49 and 66
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Emmanuel Ax, piano — Mendelssohn: Piano Trios (Sony Classics, 2010)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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