What Are The Top 5 Best Cello Concertos?

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Are you currently learning different ways to play the cello?

You will find a lot of best cello concerto pieces that you could discuss over the best ones all day and never reach a consensus. However, there are a few, which appear always to make it onto everybody’s all-time favourite lists. 

In this post, we have included a few of the best cello concertos that the casual listener might enjoy listening to:

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1. Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major

Haydn’s first just pips the second when it comes to its gem-like quality of his two cello concertos. Melodies flow unbidden throughout all of its three delicate movements, along with a few moments where Haydn showcases his affection of the vocal qualities of the instrument. 

It leaves hanging above the orchestra with dramatic entries and scrumptiously long. One of the major challenges throughout the concerto is how to make it sound spotless in the upper register.

Haydn cello concerto in d & c
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2. Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor

The most significant Czech legend was loyal when it comes to his cello concerto. He necessitated that no adjustments be made when he presented it to his publishers. Not even minor ones by the preferred soloist – and it served the piece well throughout the years.

It’s perceived as a representation of the ability of the cello as a solo instrument: dramatic, daring and singular.

Do you know what makes it unique? Dvořák harnessed the sound of the cello extraordinarily.

dvorak cello concerto in b minor
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3. Dmitri Kabalevsky Cello concerto

Dmitri’s cello concertos will massively develop your impression of his style. The name Dmitri Kabalevsky brings to mind only twinkling, high-spirited pieces such as the Cello Concerto and The Comedians.

In the First Concerto, he accomplishes the mixture in part by contrasting minor and major inflexions of the similar key within melodious phrases like Schubert and Mozart. The Second Concerto is a powerful work that uses themes repetitive from one movement to another.

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4. Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor

Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto’s opening notes will put you on the brink of your seat instantly. The fascinating preliminary chords are no doubt influential.

The musical piece is made famous by cellist, Jacqueline Du Pré, whose beautiful performance made it an immediate classic. It has now been performed numerous times by nearly each famous cello soloist.

Edgar’s Cello Concerto derived from a place of unfathomable grief. He completed the piece in 1919, after experiencing a grave disease and lurching from the devastation of WW1.

5. William Walton Cello Concerto

The cello concerto of William Walton is the third and the last of the composer’s concerto for string instruments. It follows his Viola Concerto in 1929 and Violin Concerto in 1939.

The piece was written in the middle of February and October 1956 and was devoted to the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Gregor was the soloist at the premiere in Boston on January 25, 1957.

Preliminary reactions to the work were varied. A few reviewers thought the work was old fashioned, while others called it a work of art.

the concerto three movements

Conclusion For The Best Cello Concertos

This list of the best cello concertos hardly brushes the surface of what is out there. However, if you are a big fan of the cello or just a new learner, these are the best places for you to begin. These best cello concertos have inspired many to take up the cello and made new enthusiasts of classical music with their remarkable beauty.

What Are The Top 5 Best Cello Concertos?
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About The Author:

Alan Senejani
Alan is the co-founder of LVL Music Academy​​ and in charge of everyday operations. His wife, teacher Janice and himself are passionate to bring out the best in kids & adults with quality music lessons in Singapore. He is a loving father to his 4 years old little girl & 1 year old little boy.

About The Author:
About The Author:

Alan Senejani
Alan is the co-founder of LVL Music Academy​​ and in charge of everyday operations. His wife, teacher Janice and himself are passionate to bring out the best in kids & adults with quality music lessons in Singapore. He is a loving father to his 4 years old little girl & 1 year old little boy.

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