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29. Dvorák: Cello Concerto. Elgar: Cello Concerto

The cello concertos of Dvorák and Elgar are two of the most important works of the romantic cello repertoire. The concerto by the Czech composer Dvorák, written during his period in America, in 1894, is fertile in invention and makes splendid use of the solo instrument, from its dramatic first entry to the lyrical second movement and all the thematic variety of the last movement. Elgar wrote his concerto in 1918. It opens with a grandiose statement from the soloist, going on to music of autumnal beauty.

Recommended recording
Dvorák: Cello Concerto & Elgar: Cello Concerto, with the German cellist Maria Kliegel and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Halász. Naxos 8.550503

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