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Allemande by Yo-Yo Ma This is a piece of classical music performed solely on cello. This has a moderate tempo, and is a power-house performance by Yo-Yo Ma. Its lack of backing instrumentation allows the listener to truly appreciate the power of each stroke, and the wide dynamic range that Ma is able to achieve on his instrument, along with incredible amounts of variation between the mellow and more intense parts of the music.
I think this piece really highlights the ability of the cello, which has an amazing range and can carry a melody extraordinarily well, and I think that Yo Yo Ma plays it with aplumb. Probably my favorite song in this entire playlist. Adagio Sosenuto by Daniel Barenboim This piece is performed on solo piano, a work with significant romantic overtones that recall the original composer, Ludwig van Beethoven. It has a very slow tempo, which builds towards subtle mini-climaxes throughout which peak the emotion without ever going over the top. It is clearly in a minor key, and is incredibly invocative of sadness and melancholy. The song is driven throughout by a repeated three note riff that has only minor variations throughout, and then is punctuated by all the other music performed, bringing it into incredibly sharp focus. The music has a hesitancy to it, which makes it feel that every note has to push through a barrier before it is allowed to be heard by the audience, and that though each note is soft it has a force to it that allowed it to break through the hesitation. ...
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