Dvořák: Cello Concerto, Op. 104

Work Name: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
Original Instrumentation Form: Concerto for Cello
Composer: Antonín Dvořák
First Publication: written in 1894–95
Piece Style/Time Period: Romantic

From Wikipedia: The Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191, is the last solo concerto by Antonín Dvořák. It was written in 1894–95 for his friend, the cellist Hanuš Wihan, but was premiered by the English cellist Leo Stern.

The piece is scored for a full romantic orchestra (with the exception of a 4th horn), containing two flutes (second doubling piccolo), two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, three horns, two trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, triangle (last movement only), and strings, and is in the standard three-movement concerto format:

  1. Allegro (B minor then B major; about 15 minutes) – 0:00
  2. Adagio, ma non troppo (G major; about 12 minutes) – 14:52
  3. Finale: Allegro moderato — Andante — Allegro vivo (B minor then B major; about 13 minutes) –  26:23
Total duration: approximately 40 minutes.

Work Media:

Pierre Fournier, cello
George Szell, conducting
Berliner Philharmoniker

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