Sunday, March 20, 2011
let music soothe our broken hearts
Mstislav Rostropovich (LINK) One of the greatest cellists play Dvorak Cell Concerto - B minor third movement.
If you feel there are too much sadness to bear in your heart lately, this is a great piece of work for a unstable soul. My disturbing mind always getting better after enjoy this great performance.
About this piece of work, quotes from Wiki: the third movement was a tribute to the memory of his recently deceased sister-in-law, Josefina Čermakova. Specifically, the slow, wistful section, before the triumphant ending, quotes his series of songs "The Cypresses", Čermakova's favorite piece.
Dvořák's friend and mentor Johannes Brahms had written a double concerto for violin and cello in 1887, eight years before Dvořák's cello concerto. He corrected the proofs of Dvořák's concerto for the composer and hence he knew the work intimately from the score. In 1886, Hausmann had played it at his home with Brahms' piano accompaniment, and Brahms is reported as saying: "If I had known that it was possible to compose such a concerto for the cello, I would have tried it myself!" LINK