Hyperion monthly sampler – March 2014
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Movement 1: Ruhig
Movement 2: Nicht zu schnell
Movement 3: Feierlich
Movement 4: Allegretto
In this Cello Concerto Op 52 there is woven a melody which was the main theme of a Cello Concerto written during my time at the Conservatory. This youthful work has never been performed … but the main theme seems to me worthy to be rescued from oblivion. I have used it in some parts of this work from my old age as a salute to my youth.
The Op 52 Cello Concerto uses a modestly proportioned classical orchestra (double wind, four horns, two trumpets, timpani, percussion, harp and strings) and is cast in four movements. The first, marked Ruhig (‘Peaceful’), is in gently flowing triple time, while the second (Nicht zu schnell—‘Not too fast’) is a spiky duple-time scherzo. A moto perpetuo launched by the soloist soon gives way to a a delightful rollicking tune (beginning as a descending major scale) that sounds as if it could have escaped from an operetta. The third movement, Feierlich (‘Solemn’), is short but most eloquent, and the finale is an Allegretto in the style of a jig, dominated by a rather jaunty theme.
from notes by Nigel Simeone © 2014