The first time I heard this piece was when Oksana Baiul did a beautiful skate dance to it during the ’94 Olympics. I was stunned. The round, haunting notes of the cello create a hush in the atmosphere, and a world, wholly other than the one you were just in, opens and beckons you inside, if only for a brief moment.

Mischa Maisky is the incredible soloist.

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