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Pieter Wispelwey / Paolo Giacometti / Australian Chamber Orchestra

Cello concerto

  • Type CD
  • Label Channel Classics
  • UPC 0723385110972
  • Catalog number CCS 11097
  • Release date 19 August 2002
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About the album

This CD unites late works of Schumann with those of the young Hindemith. Schumann composed his cello concerto at the age of forty. Barely a month after settling in Dusseldorf, the brand new Stadtische Musikdirektor completed this wondrous example of the form in less than two weeks during October 1850. During a grave psychotic episode four years later, he sought comfort in this melancholy composition, a favorite among his works. As he made the final corrections, he was trying to chase devilish voices and images of tigers and hyenas from his troubled mind. His remission did not last. Shortly afterwards, on a stormy 27 February 1854, he threw himself into the Rhine...but was rescued by sailors. Two years later, Schumann died in an asylum near Bonn. He was forty-six, and left behind him the finest cello concerto composed since that by (1783) and the most frequently performed after the one by Dvorak.....

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