Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor Premiered on this Day in 1896 [ON-THIS-DAY]

Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 premiered on this day in 1896 - 123 years ago

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Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 premiered on this day in 1896 – 123 years ago.

The first performance was given by English cellist Leo Stern.

It’s believed Dvořák initially refused requests to compose the work, stating “the cello was a fine orchestral instrument … but totally insufficient for a solo concerto.”

The cornerstone of today’s cello virtuosi repertoire, the concerto has been recorded by nearly every well-known cellist – with the work often lauded as ‘supreme’, ‘the greatest’ and ‘the king’.

 

JACQUELINE DU PRE | DVORAK CELLO CONCERTO IN B MINOR | DANIEL BARENBOIM & LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | 1968

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