I. when you're broken up
II. if you’ve torn the bandage off
III. in the middle of the fighting
IV. in your blood
V. when you’re perfectly free
Pairing Anna Clyne’s powerful DANCE for cello and orchestra with Elgar’s introspective Cello Concerto feels inspired, not just because they were written almost exactly a century apart. Both concertos revel in beauty, in the power of melody, and in the simplicity and concision of expression. Each of the five movements of Anna Clyne’s concerto is inspired by a line from a Rumi poem, imploring us to dance in times of pain, anguish, struggle, and freedom. With ardent, passionate playing, cellist Inbal Segev brings these raw emotions to the surface as she does in her memorable performance of the Elgar. And as this iconic 1919 masterpiece emerged into a world that had been forever changed, so in turn Clyne’s work feels emblematic of a society once again transformed.