Concerto No. 2 in B minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104 (B. 191, 1895) 40:27
1. I. Allegro 15:27
2. II. Adagio, ma non troppo 11:48
3. III. Finale. Allegro moderato 13:07
4. Silent Woods for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68/5 (B. 182, 1893) 5:42
1. Rondo in G minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 94 (B. 181, 1893) 7:54
Concerto No. 1 in A major for Cello and Orchestra (B. 10, 1865) 35:39
2. I. Andante. Allegro assai (att.) 14:44
3. II. Lento cantabile 6:43
4. III. Rondo. Allegro risoluto 14:11
Tomas Jamnik cello
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tomas Netopil conductor
Dvorak and cello? Why, of course - after all, his Concerto in B minor is the most frequently recorded cello concerto of all time. Dvorak himself esteemed it immensely: "...I have just finished a new concerto for cello, and I can tell you that I am absolutely certain that this concerto far outstrips the other two concertos of mine... Self-aggrandisement is not reliable - but I must tell you that I am terribly pleased with the work, and I think I am not mistaken." However, several other Dvorak opuses for cello too deserve great attention owing to their sheer beauty. In addition to two small moods pieces (Rondo, Silent Woods), it concerns his virtually unknown first cello concerto; the original version for piano and orchestra was instrumented by the Dvorak connoisseur Jarmil Burghauser within the intentions of Dvorak's instrumentation of his first symphonies dating from the same period. In the concerto, the twenty-fouryear-old Dvorak revels in ideas that in the case of another composer would suffice for several symphonies. Our CD containing the complete Dvorak works for cello and orchestra features Tomas Jamnik, laureate of the Prague Spring international competition and one of the most talented young cellists of the present day. The conductor Tomas Netopil, whose star is rapidly rising (noteworthy is his recent guest appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker at concerts dedicated to the late Sir Charles Mackerras), is together with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra a superlative partner to Jamnik.
The young blood of Tomas Jamnik and Tomas Netopil courses through the new recording of both Dvorak cello concertos.
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