DVORAK CONCERT FOR VIOLINCELLO 180g LP
Dvorák: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra - Pierre Fournier and the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by George Szell.
The Cello Concerto Op. 104 is the last orchestral piece Dvorák wrote during his
stay in America. Unlike his Ninth Symphony which borrowed folkloric themes from
the New World, the charming Cello Concerto reveals Dvorák's yearning for his
This piece demands masterly playing and interpretation from the soloist which is
enhanced by a sumptuous sound in the strings and explosive brass. Dvorák reaches
back to various musical passages from the first and second movements in the
finale and so illustrates his style of composition in his later works.
Yearning for the Old World must have motivated George Szell to briefly leave his
adopted home, the USA, in order to set down this late-Romantic musical gem
together with the master cellist Pierre Fournier and the Berlin Philharmonic.
The artists were obviously inspired by this favourable constellation during the
recording which sets the standards for artistic quality and perfection of sound
technology. Indeed, this LP is among the most successful classical productions
of the Sixties. Thirty years on, this recording is just as popular as it ever
George Szell, director
Pierre Fournier, violincello
Anton Dvorak (1841-1904)
Concert for Violincello and Orchestra in B Minor, Op. 104
2. Adagio ma non troppo
3. Finale (Allegro moderato)