Haydn: Cello Concertos; Hindemith: Trauermusik – Christian Poltéra, Munich Chamber Orchestra

August 18, 2022, 9:00 am

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Joseph Haydn once remarked: “I was not a magician on any instrument, but I knew the power and effect of all of them.” This knowledge he used to good effect in his cello concertos, composed some twenty years apart for two different cellists in his orchestra at the court of Prince Esterházy. These two jewels in the cello repertoire are here performed by the acclaimed Swiss cellist Christian Poltéra, who also directs the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Closing the disc is a work composed some 150 years later: the composer and viola player Paul Hindemith wrote his Trauermusik for himself to perform at a concert commemorating the death of George V of England in 1936. It is here heard in the version for cello and strings.