Cello Concertos Edition

Cello Concertos Edition
Artist Various artists
Format 15 CD
Cat. number 95782
EAN code 5028421957821
Release December 2018

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This set brings together outstanding performances of landmark works from the full range of the cello concerto’s relatively short history, from the Baroque to the end of the last century. Before 1800 few important cello concertos were written – with the exception of works by composers of stature such as C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Boccherini and Vivaldi. The latter’s typically inventive and diverse cello concertos with eloquent slow movements are almost certainly the very first composed for this instrument.

That most of the great cello concertos were composed after the Baroque or Classical period is rather ironic, since the ever-larger orchestral forces of the 19th century and beyond required much more care from the composer to avoid overwhelming the solo cellist in the lower register. Dvořák scored his magnificent cello concerto (1894–5) for a weighty orchestration, containing three trombones and tuba, but his experience enabled him to judiciously manage the solo/orchestra balance. The result is an epic work brimming with melodies and embracing a wide range of emotions. Alongside Dvořák, Schumann and Saint-Saëns brought full recognition to cello concertos. In 1850, Schumann’s cello concerto became the first major concerto for this instrument since Boccherini’s examples from 1780.

20th-century composers have made the cello a standard concerto instrument. Among the most notable from the first half of the century is Elgar’s, composed in 1919, in which the English composer explores introspective and meditative expression.

Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, one of the outstanding musical minds of the latter half of the 20th century, employs avant-garde techniques in his concerto (1969–70) along with the typical drama of soloist/orchestra confrontation.

This CD set offers an extensive anthology of the Cello Concerto on 15 CDs.
The deep resonant and eloquent sound of the cello is able to express the widest spectrum of human emotions, from intimately whispering, mournfully lamenting to passionately singing.
The first cello concertos were written in the Baroque, when the instrument shed its modest role as part of the continuo group to take its place as solo instrument in a concerto setting. During the Classical and Romantic era surprisingly few concertos were written, while the 20th century yielded some of the greatest masterworks in the genre.
The set contains concertos by Vivaldi, Platti, Porpora, Monn, C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Boccherini, Leo, Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Finzi, Lalo, Bruch, Fauré, Bloch, Ginastera, Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, Lutoslawski.
Excellent performers, including Francesco Galligioni, Adriano Maria Fazio, Stefano Veggetti, Enrico Bronzi, Jan Vogler, Maria Kliegel, Alexander Rudin, Raphael Wallfisch, Julius Berger, Zara Nelsova, István Várdai, Alexander Kniazev, Tim Hugh, Timora Rosler and Dmitri Yablonsky.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Cello Concerto in D Minor, RV 405: I. —
  2. Cello Concerto in D Minor, RV 405: II. Adagio
  3. Cello Concerto in D Minor, RV 405: III. Allegro
  4. Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417: I. Allegro
  5. Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417: II. Andante
  6. Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 417: III. Allegro
  7. Cello Concerto in D Major, RV 403: I. Allegro
  8. Cello Concerto in D Major, RV 403: II. —
  9. Cello Concerto in D Major, RV 403: III. Allegro
  10. Cello Concerto in F Major, RV 410: I. Allegro
  11. Cello Concerto in F Major, RV 410: II. Adagio, solo a piacimento
  12. Cello Concerto in F Major, RV 410: III. —
  13. Cello Concerto in A Minor, RV 420: I. Andante
  14. Cello Concerto in A Minor, RV 420: II. Adagio
  15. Cello Concerto in A Minor, RV 420: III. Allegro
  16. Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 414: I. Allegro molto
  17. Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 414: II. Andante
  18. Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 414: III. Presto
  19. Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 416: I. Allegro
  20. Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 416: II. Adagio
  21. Cello Concerto in G Minor, RV 416: III. Allegro

Disk 2

  1. Cello Concerto in A Minor, RV 418: I. Allegro
  2. Cello Concerto in A Minor, RV 418: II. —
  3. Cello Concerto in A Minor, RV 418: III. Allegro
  4. Cello Concerto in C Minor, RV 401: I. Allegro non molto
  5. Cello Concerto in C Minor, RV 401: II. Adagio
  6. Cello Concerto in C Minor, RV 401: III. Allegro ma non molto
  7. Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 413: I. Allegro
  8. Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 413: II. Largo
  9. Cello Concerto in G Major, RV 413: III. Allegro
  10. Cello Concerto in G Major: I. Adagio
  11. Cello Concerto in G Major: II. Allegro
  12. Cello Concerto in G Major: III. Adagio
  13. Cello Concerto in G Major: IV. Allegro
  14. Cello Concerto in G Minor: I. Allegro moderato
  15. Cello Concerto in G Minor: II. Adagio
  16. Cello Concerto in G Minor: III. Allegro non tanto

Disk 3

  1. Cello Concerto in A Major, D-WD 654: I. Allegro
  2. Cello Concerto in A Major, D-WD 654: II. Largo e cantabile
  3. Cello Concerto in A Major, D-WD 654: III. Presto
  4. Concerto grosso in D Major, D-WD 538: I. Grave – Allegro – Adagio –Grave – Allegro – Adagio
  5. Concerto grosso in D Major, D-WD 538: II. Allegro
  6. Concerto grosso in D Major, D-WD 538: III. Allegro
  7. Concerto grosso in D Major, D-WD 538: IV. Adagio
  8. Concerto grosso in D Major, D-WD 538: V. Allegro
  9. Cello Concerto in D Minor, D-WD 657: I. Non tanto allegro
  10. Cello Concerto in D Minor, D-WD 657: II. Adagio
  11. Cello Concerto in D Minor, D-WD 657: III. Alla breve. Fuga
  12. Concerto grosso in C Major, D-WD 539: I. Adagio
  13. Concerto grosso in C Major, D-WD 539: II. Allegro
  14. Concerto grosso in C Major, D-WD 539: III. Adagio
  15. Concerto grosso in C Major, D-WD 539: IV. Allegro
  16. Concerto grosso in C Major, D-WD 539: V. Allegro
  17. Cello Concerto in D Major, D-WD 650: I. Allegro
  18. Cello Concerto in D Major, D-WD 650: II. Adagio
  19. Cello Concerto in D Major, D-WD 650: III. Allegro

Disk 4

  1. Cello Concerto in D Major, L.10: I. Andantino grazioso
  2. Cello Concerto in D Major, L.10: II. Con bravura
  3. Cello Concerto in D Major, L.10: III. Larghetto con poco moto
  4. Cello Concerto in D Major, L.10: IV. Fuga
  5. Cello Concerto in D Major, L.10: V. Allegro molto
  6. Cello Concerto in A Major, L.20: I. Andantino grazioso
  7. Cello Concerto in A Major, L.20: II. Allegro
  8. Cello Concerto in A Major, L.20: III. Larghetto
  9. Cello Concerto in A Major, L.20: IV. Allegro
  10. Sinfonia concertata in C Minor, L.30: I. Andante grazioso
  11. Sinfonia concertata in C Minor, L.30: II. Fugato
  12. Sinfonia concertata in C Minor, L.30: III. Larghetto
  13. Sinfonia concertata in C Minor, L.30: IV. Allegro

Disk 5

  1. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170: I. Allegro assai
  2. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170: II. Andante
  3. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Wq. 170: III. Allegro assai
  4. Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171: I. Allegretto
  5. Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171: II. Adagio
  6. Cello Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 171: III. Allegro assai
  7. Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172: I. Allegro
  8. Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172: II. Largo
  9. Cello Concerto in A Major, Wq. 172: III. Allegro assai

Disk 6

  1. Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, G.479: I. Allegro
  2. Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, G.479: II. Adagio
  3. Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, G.479: III. Allegro assai
  4. Cello Concerto No. 3 in G Major, G.480: I. Allegro
  5. Cello Concerto No. 3 in G Major, G.480: II. Adagio
  6. Cello Concerto No. 3 in G Major, G.480: III. Allegro
  7. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, G.477: I. Allegro
  8. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, G.477: II. Largo
  9. Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, G.477: III. Allegro
  10. Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-Flat Major, G.482: I. Allegro moderato
  11. Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-Flat Major, G.482: II. Andantino grazioso
  12. Cello Concerto No. 9 in B-Flat Major, G.482: III. Rondò. Allegro

Disk 7

  1. Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1: I. Moderato
  2. Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1: II. Adagio
  3. Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1: III. Finale. Allegro molto
  4. Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIIb:4: I. Allegro
  5. Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIIb:4: II. Adagio
  6. Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIIb:4: III. Allegro
  7. Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2: I. Allegro moderato
  8. Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2: II. Adagio
  9. Cello Concerto in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2: III. Allegro

Disk 8

  1. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: I. Nicht zu schnell
  2. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: II. Langsam
  3. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129: III. Sehr lebhaft
  4. Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33: I. Allegro non troppo – II. Allegretto con moto – III. Tempo I
  5. Élégie, Op. 24
  6. Kol nidrei, Op. 47

Disk 9

  1. Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33
  2. Nocturne No. 4, Op. 19
  3. Pezzo capriccioso in B Minor, Op. 62
  4. String Quartet in D Major, Op. 11: II. Andante cantabile
  5. Variations on a Rococo Theme in A Major, Op. 33
  6. Cello Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 49: I. Allegro
  7. Cello Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 49: II. Largo, molto espressivo
  8. Cello Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 49: III. Allegretto

Disk 10

  1. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro
  2. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: II. Adagio ma non troppo
  3. Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104: III. Finale. Allegro moderato
  4. From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 65: V. Silent Woods
  5. Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94
  6. Schelomo, B.39

Disk 11

  1. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: I. Adagio – Moderato
  2. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: II. Lento – Allegro molto
  3. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: III. Adagio
  4. Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85: IV. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro ma non troppo
  5. Cello Concerto, Op. 40: I. Allegro moderato
  6. Cello Concerto, Op. 40: II. Andante quieto
  7. Cello Concerto, Op. 40: III. Rondo. Adagio – Allegro giocoso

Disk 12

  1. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: I. Allegretto
  2. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: II. Moderato
  3. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: III. Cadenza
  4. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107: IV. Allegro con moto
  5. Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: I. Largo
  6. Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: II. Allegretto
  7. Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 126: III. Allegretto

Disk 13

  1. Cello Concerto in D Minor: I. Prélude. Lento – Allegro maestoso
  2. Cello Concerto in D Minor: II. Intermezzo. Andantino con moto – Allegro – Presto
  3. Cello Concerto in D Minor: III. Introduction. Andante – Allegro vivace
  4. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

Disk 14

  1. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 50: I. Metamorfosi di un tema
  2. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 50: II. Scherzo sfuggevole
  3. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 50: III. Nottilucente
  4. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 50: IV. Cadenza e finale rustic
  5. Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 36: I. Adagio molto appassionato
  6. Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 36: II. Presto sfumato – Trio notturnale
  7. Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 36: III. Assai mosso ed esaltato – Largo amoroso

Disk 15

  1. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 77: I. Molto sostenuto – Allegro molto e energico – Tempo I –Cadenza
  2. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 77: II. Presto marcato – Cadenza
  3. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 77: III. Andante con moto – Allegro agitato – Molto tranquillo
  4. Cello Concerto in E Minor: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Cello Concerto in E Minor: II. Andante sostenuto
  6. Cello Concerto in E Minor: III. Allegro