Part of FR2 Friday Evening 2
About This Performance
One of the greatest of all cello concertos almost never came to be. For many years, Dvořák refused all requests to compose one; he didn’t think the sound was right for a solo instrument.
Then, a twist of fate: composer Victor Herbert, who taught at New York’s National Conservatory (where Dvořák was director) and had played principal cello for the premiere of Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony, premiered his own Cello Concerto, which seems to have inspired his boss to change his mind.
In fact, it came to have great emotional meaning for Dvořák. He revised the final movement to memorialize his first love (his then sister-in-law Josefina Kaunitzova, who had just died) by inserting melodies from her favorite piece, his song collection The Cypresses.
Johannes Moser will be signing CDs at the lobby entrance to the LA Phil Store on November 11th, 12th, and 13th.
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