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Yo-Yo Ma & BSO are excellent in all-English program / MassLive review

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Charles Dutoit lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Elgar's Cello Concerto in Boston's Symphony Hall on Thursday - Oct. 17. When you hear it, you can barely breathe, barely move as the notes transfix you like a snake charmer's hypnotic tune. Elgar's Cello Concerto has that effect, especially in the hands of gifted musicians. When you hear the concerto's first, few haunting notes, it's nearly impossible to not be instantly captivated by this unforgettable music. Like many great works of art, Elgar's Cello Concerto sounds fresh and alive nearly a century later (it was first performed on Oct. 27, 1919) because of the music's elegant simplicity.     PHOTO - Robert Torres

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