Cello Concertos

August 19, 2019, 7:00 pm

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“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.


Episode 1

Sergei Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 12 (excerpt)
Russian Nat’l Orch/Pletnev; Maisky, violoncello
Prokofiev, Miaskovsky: Cello Concertos
DG 449821; :52

Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major (excerpt)
Tafelmusik/Lamon; Bylsma
Cello Concertos
HM 7757-2; 1:24

Antonio Vivaldi: Cello Concerto in a minor, RV 418
Tafelmusik/Lamon; Bylsma
Vivaldi: Concertos For Strings
Sony 48044; 9:47

Leonardo Leo: Cello Concerto in D Major, II
Ensemble Strumentale; Bonucci, violoncello
6 Concerti Per Violoncello, 2 Violini E Continuo; Concerto A 4 Violini Obbligati E Continuo
Koch Europa 350-263; 4:54

Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-flat Major
Philharmonia Orch/Giulini; Starker, violoncello
Janos Starker – Artist Profile
EMI 68745; 22:16, :38

Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, II & III
Tafelmusik/Lamon; Bylsma
Cello Concertos
HM 7757-2; 10:29

Episode 2

Robert Schumann: Cello Concerto in a minor, Op. 129
Westphalian Symphony Orch/Landau; Varga, violoncell
Schumann: Complete Works For Solo Instrument & Orchestra
Vox 5027; 24:08

Anton Kraft: Cello Concerto in C Major, III
Tafelmusik/Lamon; Bylsma, violoncello
Cello Concertos
HM 7757; 5:57

Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 33
City of Birmingham Sym Orch/Frémaux; Tortelier, violoncello
Rachmaninov, Arensky, Et Al
EMI 69386; 18:27

Episode 3

Édouard Lalo: Cello Concerto in d minor, II
ORTF Nat’l Orch/Maazel; Ma, violoncello
Orchestre National de France, Lorin Maazel, Yo Yo Ma, Lalo – Saint-Saens
Cello Concertos, CBS 35848, US
CBS 35848; 6:19

Johannes Brahms: Concerto in a minor for Violin & Violoncello, III
Philadelphia Orch/Ormandy; Heifetz, violin; Feuermann, violoncello
The Heifetz Collection Vol 5 – 1939-1946
RCA 61736; 7:34, 2:24

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 96
Oslo Phil/Jansons; Mørk, violoncello
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Virgin 63287; 18:33

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote (excerpts)
Met Opera Orchestra/Levine; Grossman, violoncello
R. Strauss: Don Quixote, Tod Und Verklärung
DG 447762; ​15:55

Episode 4

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote (excerpts)
Cleveland Orch/Szell; Fournier, violoncello
Strauss: Don Quixote, Horn Concerto No 1, Don Juan
Sony 63123; 12:15

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

Antonín Dvorák: “Lasst Mich Allein” from Lieder, Op. 82
Kirchschlager, mezzosoprano; Deutsch, piano
The Secret Of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto
Sony 73716; 4:28

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in e minor, Op. 85, IV
Philadelphia Orch/Barenboim; du Pré, violoncello
Hilary And Jackie – Music From The Motion Picture
Sony 60394; 12:03

Samuel Barber: Cello Concerto in a minor, Op. 22, II
Baltimore Symphony/ Zinman; Ma, violoncello
Cello Concerto, Symphony For Cello & Orchestra
CBS 44900; 7:26

Episode 5

Ernest Bloch: Schelomo
Concertgebouw/Haitink; Harrell, violoncello
Bloch: Schelemo; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No 1
London 414162; 21:24

Sergei Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125, I
Russian Nat’l Orch/Pletnev; Maisky, violoncello
Prokofiev, Miaskovsky: Cello Concertos
DG 449821; 10:36

Benjamin Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68
Moscow Phil/Britten; Rostropovich, violoncello
Britten: Cello Symphony, Etc; Shostakovich
EMI 62828; 3:58

Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107, I
Zurich Tonhalle Orch/Zinman; Bohorquez, violoncello
Shostakovich: Concerto for Cello in E flat / Symphony No. 1 in F Major
Vox 994; 5:59

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachiana Brasiliera No. 5 (excerpt)
Cello Octet/VillaLobos; Sayao, soprano
Heritage Bidu Sayao – Bachiana Brasileira No. 5
Sony 62355; 5:00