Pianist Peter Kater and cellist Tina Guo met over lunch one day and decided to record an album together. However, what’s unique about Inner Passion is that it is a wholly improvised recording. The two had no prior rehearsals—they walked into the studio, had the engineer hit “record” on the board, and musical magic happened. Of course, there have been dozens of albums featuring piano and cello over the years, but seldom do you hear music as soulful and selfless as this, as if it sprang from one person. These two talented instrumentalists obviously synced their muses when they started playing, whether displaying intense passion or subtle somberness.