There are few musical instruments that can bewitch quite like a cello. I have been learning to play it, on and off, for almost a decade. Over the past year, as I have been finishing a book, it has been more off than on. Now, with the book safely tucked in bed, I can pick up a bow again. So, it seems a good time to put together a selection of my favourite cello pieces. It is in three parts. The classical repertoire is well known, so I have kept my choices to a minimum. Far less known are modern works for the cello; fractured and difficult, where classical works are sensuous and beguiling, these compositions nevertheless reveal, often even more brilliantly, the beauty and essence of the instrument. Almost unknown is the jazz cello; which is a pity, because there are superlative jazz cellists, and wonderful cello tracks. Be bewitched.