I read of one critic confessing to being moved to tears by the 40 year old, London-born though now resident in Brooklyn, Anna Clyne’s DANCE, a 25-minute, five-movement cello concerto in all but name based on a five-line poem by the 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi and performed by its dedicatee Inbal Segev.

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Not being easily moved I was intrigued to experience what was in store. Although I wasn’t exactly diving for the Kleenex, what I heard certainly packed a punch and is bound to have a similar effect to...