About The Last Song
The Last Song was originally written for solo piano and recorded on Assad’s first Adventure Music release, “HOME.” Many versions of the piece were later re-imagined and arranged, including a version for two guitars by Paolo de Stefano of the Eterna duo, Ondrej Vesely for solo guitar, and other arrangements for string orchestra, full orchestra, and jazz band.
Another arrangement of the Last Song was commissioned by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his pianist Kathy Stott. The duo performed the piece as an encore during their 2014-15 season tour and recorded it on the e-album “VIVA BRAZIL”, on Sony Masterworks with Sergio and Odair Assad on guitars.
a loving instrumental that does ache.ALL MUSIC GUIDE
Clarice Assad’s The Last Song, summed up the evening. That the audience didn’t seem to breathe until the final, hushed note of The Last Song had completely drifted away was magic indeed.CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW
The second encore, appropriately titled “The Last Song,” was a lovely, long-phrased melody showcasing the steady shine of Ma’s tone. Written by Sergio Assad’s daughter Clarice, it was so spellbinding in this performance that rapt silence followed its final measure for nearly 10 secondsINDYSTAR.COM