Top 10 Cello Concerti/Pieces for cello and orchestra?
You may balk at the title, but since Dvorak's pioneering work (and before that, to be sure, but especially after the Dvorak) there have been several masterpieces for cello and orchestra. Here are my favorites (in some vague semblence of order, for once):
6) Haydn in C
7) Kalevi Aho
8) Bloch: Schelomo
1) Dvorak: Violoncello Concerto in b, Op. 104
I think the Dvorak must be at the top of any list; however one feels about Dvorak personally, the piece is so superbly written that it stands out in any violoncello crowd, so to speak. As Brahms commented, if hed known a 'cello concerto like that could be written, he'd have written one long ago.
After that the order becomes less clear (nor do I claim a great acquaintance with the repertoire....), but here are some of what I take to be serious candidates:
2) Elgar: e, Op. 85
3) Bloch: Schelomo
4) Kabalevsky: #2, G, Op. 77 (a rhapsodic piece with a wild part for saxophone; dark, brooding, and virtuosic, and deserving of a much wider audience)
5) Shostakovich: #1, Eb, Op. 107 (I don't know #2 well enough to say anything here)
6) Rubinstein: #2, d, Op. 96 (why this isn't way better known I have no idea; it's tuneful, charming, and eminently playable)
7) Haydn: D, Hob. VIIb:2
8) D'Albert: C, Op. 20 (Lyrical, mellow, and haunting; another one whose neglect I cannot understand)
This thread caught my eye, seeing as I just got done listening to two masterful cello concerti by one Antonio Vivaldi: a solo cello concerto (RV 413) that will knock your socks off and leave you longing for a brazen swashbuckling adventure, followed by a double cello concerto (RV 531) so rich your ears will beg you for more thereafter.
While I'm on the topic, Boccherini has some cello concerti that are of very high quality, the man having been a master cellist (legend tells that he could play violin pieces on his cello - in the right pitch!). I also really enjoy Haydn's work in the genre; he left us two enjoyable cello concertos. Then there's a disc I have of some of CPE Bach's cello concerti, which are fun if not terribly gutsy works. I'm probably cheating if I note Beethoven's Tripelkonzert, aren't I? I'll be quiet now.
Wow, I had no idea Gulda wrote a cello concerto. Any recordings?
Martin Ostertag cello with Klaus Arp cond. It's a German Amati CD, probably OOP. Being Gulda it's an absolutely crazy work, mix of Jazz, Baroque, romantic et all. But the cello part is extremely difficult, and I don't think anybody but that guy will play it.
...And by the way, I meant Shostakovich #1 when I just put "Shostakovich" up there.
Actually we took that for granted, and also that you meant Dvoraks real, SaintSaens 1st lol.
I am running out of enthusiasm for lists, but, anyway, and as triple and double can be among them, mine is like this:
1. Saint-Saens 1st
3. Beethovens tripl
4. Schumanns (I love it more than it deserves)
5. Brahms doubl
6. Elgar (!!!)
7. Haydn C
8. Vivaldi Rv 416
9. Shostak 1st
10. Bocch no 9 /Grutzmacher (this is in my brain forever, sorry Luigi)
Based on listening:
5) Bloch Schelomo
6) Shosty 1
7) Goltermann 3
and the rest.
Based on playing, I would include Popper show pieces, saint-saens and haydn concerti to the list.
I was so unengaged in the tchaik pieces (pezzo capriccioso, rococo variations) and boccerini that my teacher made me choose other pieces. hahaha.