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Cello Concertos

“What a sound the cello makes!” Bill opines. The cello started to gain popularity in the 17th and early 18th centuries when it was found to be very good at accompanying singers at the opera, such as Bach cantatas. And it became the vehicle for numerous great and famous compositions in many different settings: by Haydn, Prokofiev, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Villa-Lobos and others. Bill of course includes Elgar’s Cello Concerto in the mix to make the week a triumph for what used to be considered an unwieldy instrument.

Program 1

Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante,Op. 12 (excerpt)
Russian Nat’l Orch/Pletnev; Maisky, vc.
DG 449821

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Maor (excerpt)
Tafelmusik/Lamon; Bylsma
HM 7757-2

Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in a minor, RV 418
Tafelmusik/Lamon; Bylsma
Sony 48044

Leo: Cello Concerto in D Major, II
Ensemble Strumentale; Bonucci, vc.
Koch Europa 350-263

Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 9 in Bflat Major
Philharmonia Orch/Giulini; Starker, vc.
EMI 68745
22:16, :38

Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, II & III
Tafelmusik/Lamon; Bylsma
HM 7757-2

Program 2

Schumann: Cello Concerto in a minor, Op. 129
Westphalian Symphony Orch/Landau; Varga, vc.
Vox 5027

Kraft: Cello Concerto in C Major, III
Tafelmusik/Lamon; Bylsma, vc.
HM 7757

Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 33
City of Birmingham Sym Orch/Frémaux; Tortelier, vc.
EMI 69386
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Program 3

Lalo: Cello Concerto in d minor, II
ORTF Nat’l Orch/Maazel; Ma, vc.
CBS 35848

Brahms: Concerto in a minor for Violin & Violoncello, III
Philadelphia Orch/Ormandy; Heifetz, v.; Feuermann, vc.
RCA 61736
7:34, 2:24

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 96
Oslo Phil/Jansons; Mørk, vc.
Virgin 63287

Strauss: Don Quixote (excerpts)
Met Opera Orchestra/Levine; Grossman, vc.
DG 447762


Program 4

Strauss: Don Quixote (excerpts)
Cleveland Orch/Szell; Fournier, vc.
Sony 63123

Dvorák: Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104
Czech Philharmonic Orch/Szell; Casals, vc.
EMI 62953
11:51, 1:35

Dvorák: “Lasst Mich Allein” fr. Lieder, Op. 82
Kirchschlager, ms.; Deutsch, p.
Sony 73716

Elgar: Cello Concerto in e minor, Op. 85, IV
Philadelphia Orch/Barenboim; du Pré, vc.
Sony 60394

Barber: Cello Concerto in a minor, Op. 22, II
Baltimore Symphony/ Zinman; Ma, vc.
CBS 44900


Program 5

Bloch: Schelomo
Concertgebouw/Haitink; Harrell, vc.
Lon 414162

Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante,Op. 125, I
Russian Nat’l Orch/Pletnev; Maisky, vc.
DG 449821

Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68
Moscow Phil/ Britten; Rostropovich, vc.
EMI 62828
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Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in EFlat Major, Op. 107, I
Zurich Tonhalle Orch/Zinman; Bohorquez, vc.
Vox 994
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Villa-Lobos: Bachiana Brasiliera No. 5 (excerpt)
Cello Octet/VillaLobos; Sayao, s.
Sony 62355
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