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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Elgar - "Cellokonzert (h-sinf., Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicholas Collon)" [Classical]

Cellokonzert (h-sinf., Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicholas Collon)

"Cellokonzert (h-sinf., Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Nicholas Collon)" music video by Elgar
Added: 12-12-2019
Genre : Classical
Description : Elgar: Cellokonzert - hr-Sinfonieorchester - Sheku Kanneh-Mason -Nicholas Collon

Edward Elgar:
Cellokonzert e-Moll op. 85 

I. Adagio – Moderato 
II. Lento – Allegro molto 
III. Adagio 
IV. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non troppo – Poco più lento – Adagio come prima – Allegro molto 

hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony 
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Violoncello 
Nicholas Collon, Dirigent 

hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt, 29. November 2019 



Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire. Elgar composed it in the aftermath of the First World War, when his music had already gone out of fashion with the concert-going public. In contrast with Elgar's earlier Violin Concerto, which is lyrical and passionate, the Cello Concerto is for the most part contemplative and elegiac.

Elgar is not known to have done any work on the concerto until 1919. However, as far back as 1900 the cellist of the Brodsky Quartet, Carl Fuchs, had extracted from Elgar an agreement to write a cello concerto. Fuchs later wrote to Elgar reminding him of this agreement. In 1903, Fuchs' friend the cellist Paul Grümmer reiterated the request orally, and in 1906 by letter. So the idea of such a piece was not new.

The concerto was composed during the summer of 1919 at Elgar's secluded cottage "Brinkwells" near Fittleworth, Sussex, where during previous years he had heard the sound of the artillery of World War I rumbling across the Channel at night from France. In 1918, Elgar underwent an operation in London to have an infected tonsil removed, a dangerous operation for a 61-year-old man. After regaining consciousness after sedation, he asked for pencil and paper, and wrote down the melody that would become the first theme in the concerto. He and his wife soon retired to the cottage in an attempt to recover from their health problems. In 1918, Elgar composed three chamber works, which his wife noted were already noticeably different from his previous compositions, and after their premieres in the spring of 1919, he began realising his idea of a cello concerto.

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