Famous cello concertos: From the First Viennese School to the 20th century

Thanks to its warm, vibrant yet profound sound, the cello is one of the most popular instruments in the orchestra. Nevertheless, the number of important cello concertos between the First Viennese School and Modernism was almost limited to the masterpieces of Haydn, Schumann and Antonín Dvořák. This changed in the 20th century when composers such as Edward Elgar and Dmitri Shostakovich took up the genre. This playlist features guest soloists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, such legendary performers as Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma, and female virtuosos of the younger generation such as Sol Gabetta and Alisa Weilerstein.

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