Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor, Opus 104

Yo-Yo Ma solos with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kurt Masur, playing Antonin Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104.

This work was Dvorak's last solo concerto.  He wrote it between 1894-95 for his friend, the great cellist Hanuš Wihan. 

Although Dvorak (1841-1904) also dedicated this concerto to Wihan, its premiere was performed by someone else.  Leo Stern, an English cellist, had those honors on the 19th of March, 1896.  The concert took place at Queen's Hall, in London, with Dvorak conducting.

Nathaniel Ayers, whose promising musical career abruptly changed course after he became ill while a student at Julliard, loves this work.  Ayers, played by Jamie Foxx in the film "The Soloist," also plays the cello (plus several other instruments).

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Video online, courtesy PBS.

 

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