Podcast: A legacy revived – Victor Herbert’s cello concertos.
April 1, 2016
Raymond Bisha puts Victor Herbert’s underperformed cello concertos under the spotlight in this week’s podcast. The two works form just a small part of the substantial legacy the Irish-American composer left behind, following his death in 1924. Herbert was feted in his time for his 40-plus operettas that enlivened Broadway and, as a founding member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, he’s the object of gratitude for many of today’s composers whose rights and benefits are protected by the foundations he helped to lay. The fact that Herbert’s Second Cello Concerto was the inspiration for Dvořák’s great B minor Cello Concerto in itself reinforces the assertion that his music deserves to be less lost in the sands of time.