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It was the acoustic/strings only version of "Eleanor Rigby" that I heard at age 21 that made me fall in love with the cello. It still makes my spine tingle for some reason. There's also a few others. One of them is Craig Armstrong's "Laura's Theme." I can't think of any other song that is more melancholy than that one. The Swan by Saint Saens. I like some of Yo-Yo Ma. The more traditional and Baroque stuff.
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Saint-Saƫns... Danse Macabre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danse_Macabre_%28Saint-Sa%C3%ABns%29) makes me think of... "Funeral march for a Marionette" by Gounod... and also hearing him described as a fiery revolutionary in his youth and a crusty reactionary in his old age... a little free association for the mix.

I've been waiting for you to post something about the Cello; I was intrigued when I saw that in your profile. Yeah, words don't begin to describe how the sound just reaches inside you and touches your emotions... take you somewhere in a heartbeat. It can sound so sad, soulful, melancholy. Are you talking about the Craig Armstrong who did the "As If To Nothing" album? (Ruthless Gravity, Inhaler, ...)