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Alphabetical Listing of Composers of Cello Concertos
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Recorded i.e. all of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded
Partly recorded i.e. some of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded
Unrecorded i.e. none of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded
 

Laakso, Ilari (b.1952) is a Finnish composer who wrote AM – concerto for cello and orchestra in 1992. It has been recorded by Lauri Voipo for the Tampere Conservatoire’s label.
Laderman, Ezra (1924-2015) was an American composer who wrote two cello concertos in 1984 and 1986. The premiere of the first played by Yo Yo Ma can be heard on You Tube. Both works and his Variations on a Passacaglia for cello and orchestra from 1994 appear to be unrecorded.
Lalo, Édouard (1823-1892) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1877 that has been recorded many times. Notable cellists who have recorded the work include Maurice Gendron, Maria Kliegel, Julian Lloyd Webber, Yo Yo Ma, Tibor de Machula, André Navarra, Zara Nelsova, and Paul Tortelier.
Landowski, Marcel (1915-1999) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1945 that can be heard on YouTube. The performers are uncredited but the cellist might be Reine Flachot who made a private recording of the work in 1967. Landowski also wrote a Počme Concertante for cello and orchestra Un Chant in 1996 that appears to be unrecorded.
Lange, Daniël de (1841-1918) was a Dutch cellist who composed a cello concerto.
Lanzetti, Domenico (1710-1780) was an Italian cellist and the son of Salvatore, also a cellist. His cello concerto in D has been recorded by Lea Rahel Bader for Perfect Noise. He wrote at least three other cello concertos that appear to be unrecorded.
Larsson, Lars-Erik (1908-1986) was a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1947. He also wrote a concertino for cello and string orchestra in 1956 which has been recorded by Frans Helmersen for BIS.
Larsson Gothe, Mats (b.1965) is a Swedish composer who wrote a concerto for cello and winds in 1999 that has been recorded by Torleif Thedéen for BIS.
Lavista, Mario (b.1943) is a Mexican composer who has written a cello concerto but I have been unable to find out when it was written or first performed.
Lazarof, Henri (1932-2013) was a Bulgarian-American composer who wrote two cello concertos. The first dates from 1968 was recorded by Laurence Lesser on a Desto LP (now on a CRI CD). The second concerto dates from 1992 and was recorded by Jeffery Solow for Delos.
Ledenov, Roman (1930-2019) was a Russian composer who wrote a concerto-elegy for cello and orchestra in 1980 that was recorded on LP by Victor Simon for Melodiya. The work can be heard on YouTube but the cellist appears to be uncredited.
Legrand, Michel (b.1932) is a French composer best known for his film music. In 2012 he wrote a cello concerto that has been recorded by Henri Demarquette for Sony.
Leibowitz, René (1913-1972) was a Polish-French composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 1962.
Leighton, Kenneth (1929-1988) was a British composer and pianist who wrote a cello concerto in 1956. This has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Chandos.
Leman, Albert (1915-1998) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1967.
Leo, Leonardo (1694-1744) was a Neapolitan composer who wrote six cello concertos around 1737-8 for the Duke of Madalon. All have at least four movements starting with an Andante or Andantino. At least four complete recordings have been made: by Julius Berger on Brilliant Classics, Josephine Knight for ASV, Anner Bylsma for Atma and Hidemi Suzuki for BIS.
Lévy, Ernst (1895-1981) was a Swiss pianist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1947 that has been recorded by Scott Ballantyne for Opus One (now on Naxos).
Levy, Frank Ezra (1930-2017) was an American cellist and the son of Ernst Lévy. He has composed three cello concertos: No.1 in 1995, No.2 in 2003 and No.3 in 2014. The first and second have been recorded by Scott Ballantyne for Opus One (the first is now on Naxos) and Naxos respectively. The third does not seem to have been recorded yet.
Leyendecker, Ulrich (1946-2018) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1983 that has been recorded by Georg Faust for Wergo.
Ligeti, György (1923-2006) was an avant garde Hungarian-Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1966. This has been recorded by Siegfried Palm for Teldec, Erling Blöndal Bengtsson for Danacord and Christian Poltéra for BIS.
Lindberg, Magnus (b.1958) is a Finnish composer and pianist who has written two cello concertos: No.1 in 1999 and No.2 in 2013. Both have been recorded by Anssi Karttunen, the first for Sony and the second for Ondine.
Linde, Bo (1933-1970) was a Swedish neoclassical composer who felt that his 1965 concerto written for Guido Vecchi was one of his finest works. It is in three movements concluding with deeply felt Lento. In 2004 Maria Kliegel recorded it for the Swedish Society Discofil label, a rendition that has since been given wide currency on Naxos.
Lindner, August (1820-1878) was a German cellist who wrote a cello concerto which was first published in 1860. This can be heard on YouTube with a piano roll accompaniment.
Lipkis, Larry (b.1951) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto called Scaramouche in 1989 that has been recorded by Carter Brey for Koch.
Lloyd, George (1913-1998) was a Cornish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1997. In seven continuous sections lasting about half an hour, it is more deeply felt than most of his symphonies. The score is inscribed with the words “Have you no pity for those you would destroy?” Anthony Ross recorded the work for the Albany label in 2001.
Lobanov, Vassily (b.1947) is a Russian pianist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1985 that was recorded on LP by Natalia Gutman for Melodiya.
Logar, Mihovil (1902-1998) was a Croatian composer who composed a concerto for cello, small string orchestra, and wind quintet in 1971.
Lopes-Graça, Fernando (1906-1994) was a Portuguese composer who wrote a Concerto da Camera col violoncello obbligato in 1966 for Mstislav Rostropovich who gave the premiere and made the first recording (now on Warner). It has since been recorded by Maria José Falcăo for Portugalsom Strauss and Bruno Borralhinho for Naxos.
Lorentzen, Bent (1935-2018) was a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1984 that has been recorded by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson for Danacord.
Loucheur, Raymond (1899-1979) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1968. A private recording was made by Reine Flachot in that year.
Louël, Jean (1914-2005) was a Belgian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1986.
Lucas, Leighton (1903-1982) was an English conductor and composer wrote a cello concerto in 1956. In some sources this is described as a concertino.
Ludwig, David (b.1974) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto which was premiered in 2004 by Margo Drakos.
Lukáš, Zdeněk (1928-2007) was a prolific Czech composer who wrote three cello concertos. The first dates from 1957 and was recorded on LP by František Host for Panton. The second dates from 1986 and the third, for cello and string orchestra and subtitled Ricordi, from 2005; both appear to be unrecorded.
Lucký, Štěpán (1919-2006) was a Czech composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1946 that was recorded on LP by Saša Vectomov for Panton.
Lutosławski, Witold (1913-1994) was a Polish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1970 for Mstislav Rostropovich who recorded it for EMI. It has since been recorded many times, including by Pieter Wispelwey for Channel Classics, Rafal Kwiatkowski for Dux, Paul Watkins for Chandos, Gautier Capuçon for Accentus and Johannes Moser for Pentatone. He also arranged his Grave - Metamorphoses for cello and string orchestra in 1981 and this has been recorded several times, for example by Raphael Wallfisch for Nimbus and it is included on Paul Watkins’ disc linked above.
Machavariani, Alexei (1913-1995) was a Georgian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1987.
MacMillan, James (b.1959) is a Scottish composer whose cello concerto from 1996 was premiered by Mstislav Rostropovich and has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for BIS.
Maegaard, Jan (1926-2012) was a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1993 that has been recorded Erling Blöndal Bengtsson by for Danacord.
Magin, Miłosz (1929-1999) was a Polish pianist and composer who wrote a concerto for cello, string orchestra and timpani in 1977 that has been recorded by Jarosław Domzal for Acte Préalable.
Majo, Giuseppe de (1697-1771) was an Italian organist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in F that has been recorded by for Giovanni Sollima for Glossa.
Malcys, Arvydas (b.1957) is a Lithuanian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2009. This can be heard on YouTube played by Boris Andrianov.
Malec, Ivo (1925-2019) was a Croatian composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Arc-en-cello in 2000 that has been recorded by Ilia Laporev for Timpani.
Malipiero, Gian Francesco (1882-1973) was an Italian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1937 that has been recorded by Enrico Mainardi on Doremi and also by Silvia Chiesa for Sony.
Malipiero, Riccardo Junior (1914-2003) was an Italian composer son of a cellist and nephew of Gian Francesco Malipiero. He wrote two cello concertos - in 1938 and 1957. The second has been recorded by Silvia Chiesa for Sony.
Manevich, Alexander (1908-1976) was a Russian composer best known for his clarinet concerto. He wrote three cello concertos, in 1929, 1945 and 1950.
Manoury, Phillipe (b.1952) is a French composer who wrote a cello concerto called Bref Aperçu sur l'Infini for Gautier Capuçon who premiered it in 2015.
Mansurian, Tigran (b.1939) is an Armenian composer of four cello concertos. The first, for cello and large orchestra dating from 1976 was inscribed To the Memory of Dmitry Shostakovich. The second from 1978 has strings accompaniment and the third from 1983 is for cello and small orchestra, as is the fourth which is subtitled Ubi est Abel frater tuus? and dates from 2010. The first was recorded on LP by Karine Georgian for Melodiya and can be heard on YouTube. The second has been recorded by Ivan Monighetti for Orfeo. The third and fourth appear to be unrecorded but the latter can be heard on YouTube played by Jan Vogler. The 2015 Italian premiere of a cello concerto by Mansurian can be seen and heard on YouTube played by Mario Brunello, presumably this is the third concerto.
Mantovani, Bruno (b.1974) is a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2003 that has been recorded by Jean Guihen Queyras for Harmonia Mundi.
Margola, Franco (1908-1992) was an Italian composer who wrote a cello concerto dedicated to Gaspar Cassadó in 1949.
Marteau, Henri (1874-1934) was a French violinist and composer who lived in Sweden in later life. He wrote a cello concerto in 1905 that was dedicated to Norwegian composer Christian Sinding. This work has been recorded by Walter Nothas and issued on LP. Part of the recording can be heard on YouTube.
Martin, Frank (1890-1974) was a Swiss composer whose 1965 cello concerto has been recorded by Jean Decroos for Doron Music, Stephen Kates for First Edition, Quirine Viersen for Etcetera and Christian Poltéra for BIS. Viersen’s disc also includes Martin’s Ballade for cello and chamber orchestra from 1949.
Martinon, Jean (1910-1976) was a French conductor and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1963. This was recorded privately by Reine Flachot and can be heard on YouTube played by Pierre Fournier.
Martinsson, Rolf (b.1956) is a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2005 which has been recorded by Mats Lidström for Daphne. It is designated No.1 but I can find no evidence that a second has yet appeared.
Martinů, Bohuslav (1890-1959) was a Czech composer who wrote two cello concertos: No.1 in 1930 and No.2 in 1945. He also wrote a concertino for cello, wind instruments, piano and percussion in 1934, and a sonata da camera, for cello and orchestra in 1940. These have all been recorded by Petr Nouzovský for MDG. Raphael Wallfisch has recorded both concertos and the concertino for Chandos, as has Michaela Fukacová for Kontrapunkt. Angelica May recorded both concertos for Supraphon in 1981 and the first concerto has been recorded several times paired with the works of other composers. The second has been recorded quite recently by Christian Poltéra for BIS, paired with Shostakovich’s second.
Marttinen, Tauno (1912-2008) was a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Dalai Lama in 1966. He also wrote two other other works for cello and orchestra: Rembrandt in 1962 and Fantasia in 1964.
Maskats, Arturs (b.1957) is a Latvian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1992. In five linked movements it is predominately elegiac in feeling. Reinis Birznieks has recorded the work for BIS.
Matěj, Josef (1922-1992) was a Czech trombonist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1972 that was recorded on LP by Stanislav Apolin for Panton.
Matsumura, Teizo (1929-2007) was a Japanese composer and poet who wrote a cello concerto in 1984 that has been recorded by Noboru Kamimura for Camerata Toyko.
Matthews, Colin (b.1946) is an English composer who has written two cello concertos. No.1 dates from 1984 and has been recorded by Alexander Baillie, and No.2 dates from 1996 and has been recorded by Anssi Karttunen, both for NMC.
Matthews, David (b.1943) is an English composer who completed his Concerto in Azzurro for cello and orchestra in 2002. This has been recorded by Guy Johnston for Chandos. He has also written Romanza for cello and orchestra which was a commission for Mstislav Rostropovich to play on the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, a concert which was recorded and issued by EMI.
Matthus, Siegfried (b.1934) is a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1975 that has been recorded by Josef Schwab for Berlin Classics.
Matvejeff, Ville (b.1986) is a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto called Crossroads in 2009 that has been recorded by Tuomas Lehto for Alba.
Maxwell Davies, Peter (1934-2016) was a British composer who became Master of the Queen’s Music in 2004. Between 1986-1996 he wrote a series of ten Strathclyde Concertos for various instruments. No.2 for cello and orchestra dates from 1987 and has been recorded by Vittorio Ceccanti for Unicorn-Kanchana, now on Naxos.
McCabe, John (1939-2015) was a British composer who wrote a cello concerto called Songline in 2007. Truls Mřrk gave the premiere and this can be heard on YouTube.
Medek, Tilo (1940-2006) was a German composer who wrote three cello concertos. The first from 1978 has been recorded by Guido Schiefen for cpo. His second and third cello concertos date from 1984 and 1992, and appear to be unrecorded.
Medinš, Janis (1890-1966) was a Latvian composer who wrote his second cello concerto in 1947. This was recorded on LP by Ingus Naruns for Kaibala and can be heard on YouTube. His first concerto dating from 1928 appears to be unrecorded.
Meij, Johan de (b.1953) is a Dutch composer who wrote a concerto for cello and wind orchestra called Casanova in 1999 that can be heard on YouTube played by David Barona.
Mendelsohn, Alfred (1910-1966) was a Romanian composer who wrote two cello concertos, the first in 1950 and the second in 1962.
Mendelssohn, Ludwig (1858-1921) wrote a Student cello concerto first published in 1908. In some sources this work has been incorrectly attributed to Arnold (Ludwig) Mendelssohn (1855-1933).
Mennin, Peter (1923-1983) was an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1956. It has been recorded by János Starker for First Edition.
Meriläinen, Usko (1930-2004) was a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1974 that can be heard in the Soundcloud played by Anssi Karttunen.
Merikanto, Aarre (1893-1958) was a Finnish composer who wrote two cello concertos. No.1 from 1919 appears to be unrecorded. No.2 from 1944 has been recorded by Jan-Erik Gustafsson for Ondine. He also wrote a Konzertstück for cello and chamber orchestra in 1926 and this has been recorded by Anssi Karttunen for Finlandia.
Meyer, Krzysztof (b.1943) is a Polish composer who has written two cello concertos: No.1 from 1984 for cello and small orchestra (Concerto da camera No.3) subtitled Canti Amadei, has been recorded by Ivan Monighetti for Pro Viva; No 2. from 1995 has been recorded by Boris Pergamenshikov for Dux.
Mihály, András (1917-1993) was a Hungarian cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1953 that has been recorded by Miklós Perényi for Hungaroton.
Mihevc, Marko (b.1957) is a Slovenian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2009 that has been recorded by Wolfgang Panhofer for Ars Slovenica.
Milhaud, Darius (1892-1974) was a French composer who wrote two cello concertos, the first in 1935 and second in 1945. He also wrote a Suite cisalpine sur des airs populaires piémontais for cello and orchestra 1954. All these works have been recorded by Mark Drobinsky on the Doron label. Otherwise, the first is the only one of these works to have been been recorded often, for example by Mstislav Rostropovich for Erato and recently by Hee-Young Lim for Sony.
Mills, Richard (b.1949) is an Australian composer who composed a cello concerto in 1990 that has been recorded by Sue-Ellen Paulsen for ABC.
Minkov, Mark (1944-2012) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1969.
Moeran, Ernest (1894-1950) was an English composer who married the cellist Peers Coetmore. In 1945 he wrote a cello concerto which she recorded for Lyrita in 1969 under Sir Adrian Boult. More recently the work has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Chandos and Guy Johnston for Naxos.
Molique, Bernhard (1802-1869) was a German violinist who composer a cello concerto which was published in 1854. This can be heard on YouTube played by Ina-Esther Joost.
Molter, Johann Melchior (1696-1765) was a German violinist and composer who wrote a cello concerto, possibly in the 1730s subtitled the Little Karlsruhe Margrave-Concerto. This has been recorded by Dmitri Dichtiar for Musicaphon.
Monn, Georg (1717-1750) was an Austrian composer who wrote a G minor cello concerto which was edited by Schoenberg and published in 1913. This has been recorded a few times, including by Jacqueline du Pré for EMI and more recently by Corinne Morris for Linn and Adriano Maria Fazio on a baroque cello for Brilliant Classics. Monn also wrote a harpischord concerto in D which was “freely transcribed” for cello by Schoenberg - this has been recorded by Yo Yo Ma.
Moór, Emánuel (1863-1931) was a Hungarian composer who was befriended by Pablo Casals. He wrote two cello concertos, in 1905 and 1906, and he also wrote a double cello concerto in 1908. The first is in three movements and appears to be unrecorded. The second and double concertos are in four movements and they have been recorded by Péter and Ildikó Szabó for Hungaraton. Qin Li-Wei and Sebastian Comberti have also recorded the double concerto for Cello Classics, as have Sebastian Hess and David Stromberg for Oehms.
Moret, Norbert (1921-1998) was a Swiss composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1985 that has been recorded by Mstislav Rostropovich for EMI (now on Warner).
Morgan, David (1933-1988) was an British composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1981.
Moryto, Stanisław (1947-2018) was a Polish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1992 that has been recorded by Tomasz Strahl on Dux.
Mosolov, Alexander (1900-1973) was a Russian composer who wrote two cello concertos. No.1 dates from 1935 and is thought to be lost. No.2 from 1946 has been recorded by Dmitry Yeremin for Northern Flowers and by Sergei Sudzilovsky for Olympia.
Moss, Piotr (b.1949) is a Polish composer who has written two cello concertos that do not appear to have been recorded. The first dates from 1975 and the second, subtitled Prieres from 2003.
Mostad, Jon (b.1942) is a Norwegian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1990 that has been recorded by Řystein Birkeland for Aurora.
Muhly, Nico (b.1981) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2012 that has been recorded by Zuill Bailey for Steinway. He also contributed the first movement to the multi-composer concerto Three Continents in 2019.
Müller-Zürich, Paul (1898-1993) was a Swiss composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1954 that was recorded by Grace Whitney for First Edition.
Murrill, Herbert (1909-1952) was an English composer and organist who wrote two cello concertos. The first from 1935 seems to be unrecorded but the second from 1951 subtitled Song of the Birds and based on a Catalan folk melody has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Sanctuary Classics. It is cast in four movements played continuously, was written for the composer’s wife Vera Canning and was dedicated to Pablo Casals.
Myaskovsky, Nikolai (1881-1950) was a Russian composer best known for his 27 symphonies. In 1944 he completed a cello concerto that has been recorded quite frequently. There are reviews on MusicWeb International of performances by Mstislav Rostropovich for EMI (now on Alto), Marina Tarasova for Olympia (also now on Alto), Kyrill Rodin for Arte Nova, Alexander Rudin for Cello Classics, Alexander Ivashkin for Chandos, Truls Mřrk for Virgin and Jamie Walton for Signum.
Mykietyn, Paweł (b.1971) is a Polish clarinetist and composer who has written two cello concertos. The first dates from 1998 and can be heard on YouTube played by Marcin Zdunik. The second dates from 2019.
Mysliveček, Josef (1737-1781) is a Czech composer who is thought to have written three cello concertos – in F, D and C. His C major concerto has been recorded by Wendy Warner for Cedille and Arturo Muruzabal for ARS.


Key:
Recorded i.e. all of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded
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Unrecorded i.e. none of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded

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