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Cello Journey #22, Allegro Appassionato

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In this episode we play the Allegro Appassionato by Camille Saint-Saens. This is a rather fast passionate and exciting piece. Part of its passion is in its abrupt changes of tempo and loudness. Even though it is exciting, it is in B minor and hence in a sad mode. Also many of its melodies come down rather than go up.

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  1. A classic. Excellent performance, after watching your videos I am always inspired to play the songs on my cello. Thank you!

  2. Extraordinary piece, well done. The cello and piano compliment each other perfectly and really shows off the talent you both have!!


  3. I love this piece!!!! This is my first hearing and this is such a great introduction!!! I want to go and learn it!!! Thanks!!!!:)

  4. That was really cool. I liked how it’s romantic but in a minor key. Can I request the Haydn Cello Concerto in c? It’s a really cool piece that I think people would enjoy.

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  5. BRAVO!!!!!!!!! Standing ovation from me! It’s a great piece and made exciting and lively by such excellent playing. Wow! (Not so sure the chin-fluff gets the same thumbs up, Ross! only joking! x)

  6. I just played this piece in a competition yesterday along with the Breval Concerto in G Major – my first competition ever and I won second place – the piece is really great – tricky rhythmn exciting sorry I didn’t see this before

  7. wow, your best by far on this site, I love the passion you portrayed, i jsut wish you portrayed a little more, but then again, it’s your interpretation, not mine, wow, great job! kudos!

  8. I really adore all of your performances. My applause go to you. And Ross! Cello Journey wouldn’t be the same without him. But when can we expect a new episode?

  9. found the site by accident. Really love this site and will be great help for my daughter’s cello practice and wonderful for myself to enjoy the music as well. Thank you very much for publishing the website.

  10. Really great. Its my fifth year with the cello and i’m starting on this piece, trying to listen to some interpretations and find one I like, it’ll be a bit before I can play it that fast though, thanks for the help, and the site. ;p

    Time to check the Bach Prelude! I played that two years ago and its one of my favorites.

  11. Wonderful interpretation you’re such a great cello player . I’ve played cello for 8 year and I have to play this piece for my exam but I didn’t really know how to interpret it . I have to play also the bach’s menuet but I think it is quiet easyer than Saint Saens . I’m gonna take some inspiration from these interpretation . Go on your wonderful work for this website cause you’re playing so nice the cello ( but not as much as my cello teatcher ๐Ÿ˜€ ) . Bye
    PS : Sorry for my bad , I’m just a french cello player ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hello again

    May I say thank you for ful filling my request and i believe that is one of the most thrilling performances I have heard, thank you many times over


  13. Hey, I was browsing youtube and decided to search Allegro Appassionato, and I found you. My cello teacher just gave me a book of solo’s (with piano) and this piece is in it. I will be starting this piece sometime this summer. I have heard many recordings of this piece and have many favorite cellists. Your recording is definately within my top five recordings. Thanks for putting up your site, it really helps to know what the piece is supposed to sound like before you play it. I really like your facial expressions, they add to the quality of the music. Thank you again for your awesome playing,


  14. Tim – It is very neat that you are playing the same thing and can get something out of the video. The facial expressions are something I am trying to work on and reduce a bit. Have a nice summer with the Allegro Appassionato.


  15. thanks a lot for posting the video, especially for free. I am currently working on this piece, and I kindof have to hear an example first, then can play it better, so this has helped me quite a bit. Thanks and keep up the excellent work!

  16. im a cellist too and now ive heard it i HAVE to get my hands on the music!!
    thankyou for another great performance you two!

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  18. Flysz – Thank you. We are definitely planning on doing some Brahms some time. I think we will start with the Brahms E Minor. I agree they are really good to play.


  19. Luke,

    You really did a high quality job on this performance. I always love your playing and I think you always do it so beautifully. I just wanted to say that there were parts of the work that I felt you were very contained in and you realy needed to let go a little and unrestrain yourself.
    I’d love to hear you play the Brahms E minor on what of your episodes like Flysz said earlier.

    Great Job.


  20. John – Thanks. I usually practice a piece for 2-3 weeks before an episode. Sometimes I start earlier and sometimes I get a bit busy so there is less time. Usually it works like this.


  21. Wow!
    I am playing this very song as an audition piece on my sax
    you played wonderfully I just hope that I can play it half as well as you did

  22. Hi luke i really enjoy your playing. i think that with the way you play i think that if you played dvorak’s b minor concerto,elgar’s cello concerto,or saint saens cello concerto #1 it would sound absoloutly amazing.:)

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