Isaac Pagano-Toub, cello; Jonathan Mamora, piano. Eastman School of Music 2022.

  • Remembering the darkness and nostalgia of Elgar following World War I.
  • Maximizing arm weight and gravity for the opening chords.
  • Breaking the opening chords.
  • Interpreting  “ad lib”.
  • Shaping the melody.
  • Increasing the emotional intensity and power at the climax.


Fortissimo is dropping all arm weight into the cello, pianissimo is lifting all arm weight off of the cello… and then there is everything in-between! Gregor Piatigorsky