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Schumann, Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
Robert Schumann wrote his Violoncello Concerto in Düsseldorf in only two
weeks. He himself did not play the cello, a fact which is immediately
apparent from his treatment of the solo part. Passages of sweeping lyricism
contrast sharply with excruciatingly difficult technical passages quite
unsuited to the instrument. They make the concerto one of the most fearsome
in all of cello literature. Schumann never heard the concerto played in
public: the first performance did not take place until four years after his
death. Recorded in 1985/86 at the "Grosser Musikvereinssaal" in Vienna,
this recording features world-renowned cellist Mischa Maisky as the soloist
accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of
||Schumann, Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129