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Dvorák: Cello Concerto No 1 & 2 / Sádlo, Neumann, Czech Po

Release Date: 07/24/2001 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3564   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Milos Sádlo
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Wait a minute. Dvorák Cello Concertos 1 & 2? Isn't there only one? Well, yes and no. It turns out that 30 years before the famous B minor concerto, Dvorák composed one in A major with piano accompaniment, but the score was taken out of the country by its dedicatee, Ludvik Peer, before Dvorák could begin the orchestration and the composer never saw it again. (This was a particularly tough year for Dvorák, as he sent his newly completed Symphony No. 1 to a competition in Germany and never saw that score again either.) The work was subsequently realized and orchestrated and appears here in the version by Jarmil Burghauser. The concerto is cut from the same cloth as the contemporaneous First symphony, meaning it Read more displays a remarkable fecundity of musical ideas as well as a tendency to ramble (the finale takes its good sweet time before getting to the first subject). However, as with any piece by Dvorák, there's no want of good tunes, and as a whole the work is a fine example of the composer's early mastery of the concertante form--especially in this fine performance by Miloš Sádlo, who incorporates his own revisions to the solo part.

But it's in the B minor concerto where Sádlo really displays his considerable talents. His solid, evenly produced tone, precise-but-never-inflexible rhythms, pointed phrasing, and genuine feeling (especially in the slow movement) make for a highly charged and refreshingly upbeat reading. Sádlo also provides plenty of dramatic tension when called for, as in his arresting first-movement initial entry. Václav Neumann's interpretation is typical of his crisply articulated Dvorák style and the Czech Philharmonic plays with its trademark clarity and brilliance. The 1976 recordings give equal prominence to soloist and orchestra but suffer from limited dynamics.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Cello in A major, B 10 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Milos Sádlo (Cello)
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 09/1976 
Venue:  Rudolfinum Studio, Prague 
Length: 33 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Concerto for Cello in B minor, Op. 104/B 191 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Milos Sádlo (Cello)
Conductor:  Václav Neumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1895; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1976 
Venue:  Rudolfinum Studio, Prague 
Length: 39 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Cello Concerto in A: I. Andante...
Cello Concerto in B minor: I. Allegro

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 The wonderful forgotten Dvorak Cello Concerto No July 31, 2012 By Barry  Vincent (Tarro via Beresfield , NSW ) See All My Reviews "I've been looking for years for this music but as I'd forgotten the identification of it , it was always going to be near impossible to do a search of it. All I knew was that it was a Dvorak piece and that I had it on vinyl years ago. Then recently whilst I was listening to music on SKY.FM , there it was , the gorgeous second movement with it's wonderful woodwind parts sounding in beautiful balance with the Violoncello. What luck that I happen to tune in to SKY.FM at that particular time. Now I have this music and the sound and playing of this forgotten Cello Concerto on this CD is top notch quality." Report Abuse
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