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Smooth Classics at Seven with Zeb Soanes 7pm - 10pm
4 March 2022, 16:56
Sometimes, the world just needs Bach. And in these moments, the great cellist of our times always steps up.
This takes place on a grey day at Crane Beach, which is a few miles from his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The movement Yo-Yo Ma chose opens with a slow ascending arpeggio. The music continues to push higher and higher, before being consumed by a flow of semiquavers.
This was a musical message for the world, which opened a virtual concert for the World Economic Forum and Davos Agenda 2021. All the musicians who took part said they wanted to share “a spirit of trust, connection and hope” in the midst of the pandemic.
The searching mood of this beautiful Bach prelude, and the raw simplicity of this video, resonated deeply with the world at the time of the performance.
You can watch the entire concert titled See Me: A Global Concert online here. Along with Yo-Yo Ma, it features sand artist Jim Denevan, and ensembles and choirs from Afghanistan, Austria, Italy, Brazil, the US, and China, all brought together (virtually) by star conductor and the event's Music Director, Marin Alsop.