Myaskovsky - Cello concerto c-moll op.66

Myaskovsky - Cello concerto c-moll op.66


Myaskovsky - Cello concerto c-moll op.66. You can download the PDF sheet music Myaskovsky - Cello concerto c-moll op.66 on this page. Nikolai Myaskovsky composed his Cello Concerto in C minor, Op. 66, during the years 1944–45. It ranks among the few works of the composer that is to be found most frequently in concert or on recordings. The concerto is in two movements: Lento ma non troppo – Andante – Tempo I, Allegro vivace – Piu marcato – Meno mosso – Tempo I. The total duration of the concerto amounts to about 25 minutes. The piece is among the late works of the composer, and among its melodies appear Russian folk songs. The concerto was written for Sviatoslav Knushevitsky, one of Myaskovsky's great champions, who premiered it in Moscow on 17 March 1945. The first recording, however, was made by Mstislav Rostropovich in 1956.

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The Cello Concerto of 1944 is one of his loveliest works and radiates an all-pervasive nostalgia, a longing for a world lost beyond recall. In sensibility it almost reminds one of Elgar, and its gentle, elegiac sentiment is not skin-deep. Like the Violin Concerto (1938),  it is scored for modest forces — in this instance double woodwind, two trumpets, four horns, timpani and strings) and poses no formal problems. If you put it alongside Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto written only three years later, it seems not of its time, but there is an authenticity of feeling here that is no less telling than in the Shostakovich. The working-out may not be innovative and the idiom is hardly more "advanced" than Glazounov, but in its very simplicity and innocence lies its poignancy. Dedicated to the cellist Sviatoslav Knushevitzky, it was awarded an honour that had also been bestowed on his one-movement Symphony No. 21.
 
 
     
 
 
 
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