Dvořák – Cello Concerto (Gautier Capuçon)

Accompanied by the Orchestre de Paris, the French cellist Gautier Capuçon plays Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191, the last solo concerto of the Czech composer. Conductor: Paavo Järvi. Filmed in the Salle Pleyel in Paris and directed by François-René Martin.

The concerto was written in 1894–1895 for Dvořák’s friend, the Czech cellist Hanuš Wihan (5 June 1855 – 1 May 1920), but was premiered in London in 1896 by the English cellist Leo Stern (5 April 1862 – 10 September 1904).

The piece is in the standard three-movement concerto format:

  1. Allegro (B minor then B major)
  2. Adagio, ma non troppo (G major)
  3. Finale: Allegro moderato – Andante – Allegro vivo (B minor then B major)

Dvořák’s cello concerto is widely regarded as one of the greatest cello concertos ever written.

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