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Timeline of cello concertos written during the period 1901-1940 
 
Date Recorded Unrecorded
1901 Klengel 4 Goens 2
1902 Saint-Saëns 2, C.Scott 1 Respighi, Sherwood 2, Siklós 2
1904   Rauchenecker
1905 Hahn, Marteau Bossi, Major, Moór 1, Nölck 1
1906 Jeral, Moór 2  
1907 Gernsheim  
1908   Grädener 1, Miles
1909 Foulds, Röntgen 2 Trowell 1
1910 Pembaur Dopper
1911   Krehl
1912   Figedy-Fichtner, Grädener 2, Nölck 2
1913 Villa-Lobos 1 Alary, Jullien, Miersch, Schuyer
1914   Guerrini, Tacchinardi
1915 Koczalski Abraham (probably lost), Allende-Sarón, Sandby, Stojowski, Thieriot 1&2
1916 Hindemith 1 Molnár, Reiser, Sowerby 1, Weingartner
1917   Boyle, Kauder, Morera, Rogister, Soro, Thieriot 4
1919 Elgar, Helsted Hegar, Merikanto 1
1920   Djabadary 1, Meulemans 1
1922 Atterberg, Delius, Salomon 1, Tkalčić Bortkiewicz, Bosmans 1 Filleul
1924 Toch Bosmans 2, Djabadary 2
1925 Hermann, Ibert, Rota 0 Matheis, Shagunov
1926 Cassadó Binkau, Bullerian, Dupuis, Ronchini
1927 Graener Delune, Leichtentritt, Reuter, Rivier, Schoenefeld, Siohan
1928 Röntgen 3 Ambrosius 1, Mediņš 1
1929 Honegger Dzegelenok 1, Höffer, Huré, Krein, Maklakiewicz, Manevich 1, Moser 1, Orthel 1, Raphael, F.Stock
1930 Bridge, Foerster, Martinů 1    Akimenko, Badings 1, Chajes, Řídký 1
early 1930s   Klussmann 1
1931 Glazunov, Sćverud Chemin-Petit, Faye-Jozin, Fitelberg
1932 Bengtsson, Jacobi Certani, Karjinsky, Kitenco, Search, Vaubourgoin
1933 Howells, D.Tovey Braunfels, Sturzenegger 1
1934 Bax, Milhaud 1, Pizzetti, Rieti 1, Weigl, Zandonai Bleyle, Kügerl, Sowerby 2, Tate
1935 Bacarisse, Casella, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Pfitzner 2 Berezowsky, Hába, T.Hartmann 1, Hochstetter, Mosolov 1 (lost), Murrill 1, Trapp
1936 Holbrooke, Hovhaness, Pijper, Wirén Dzegelenok 2, Gavazzeni, Golestan, Moroi, Petridis, S.Wilson
1937 G.F.Malipiero, C.Scott 2 Abe, Bousquet, Discovolo, Gagnebin, Griend, Kern, Ottoson, Richter, Sanzogno, Schroeder, Smit Sibinga, Sturzenegger 2
1938 Bürger, Ivanovs, S.Prokofiev Ambrosius 2, Barbier, Chlubna, K.David, Diamond, Gurlitt, R.Malipiero 1, Nowowiejski, Skalkottas (lost)
1939 Badings 2 L.Berkeley, Caminiti, Gamburg 1, Hamann, Rosenberg 1
1940 Hindemith 2, Moser 2, Řídký 2 Axman, Brene 1, Bresgen, Chevreuille 1, Fernström, Landré, Spies, Yaroshevskaya

During the period 1901-1940 a total of 198 cello concertos were identified, of which 60 (30%) have been recorded and 138 appear to be unrecorded. There was a clear increase in the number of compositions towards the end of the period and 1923 is the last year (in all timelines) for which it was not possible to identify a single new concerto. Elgar’s concerto is much the best known and most recorded work of the period but there are many other worthwhile recorded works, as shown by the recommendations below. Amongst the unrecorded works, I would be most interested in being able to hear Moór’s first concerto, Grädener’s two (his two violin concertos have been recorded by Toccata), Murrill’s first and the works by Bortkiewicz, Diamond and Lennox Berkeley.

Recommendations

Atterberg Late romanticism at its best, as delivered by Truls Mřrk.

Bridge A very fine work of which Steven Isserlis is a compelling exponent, and he has also recorded it for BIS.

Bürger A major discovery very well played by Maya Beiser. The heart-rending slow movement was written in memory of the composer’s mother who died at the hands of the Nazis. Unfortunately this is only available as a physical CD.

Delius Not as well-known as his violin concerto, this is still fine Delius and I find Raphael Wallfisch very convincing.

Elgar
Jacqueline du Pré’s performance with Barbirolli remains at the top of the pile for me but there are other ways of playing the work and Robert Cohen’s first recording is very satisfying. Pablo Casals with Boult in 1945 would be my historical choice.

Foulds A composer whose music is well-worthy of its 21st century revival, and another discovery from Raphael Wallfisch.

Foerster A relatively brief and mellow work, Jirí Bárta is completely inside this music.

Jeral His concerto is well worthy of its revival by Orfeo Mandozzi.

Hovhaness An early work, perhaps not completely typical of the composer but, as played by János Starker, satisfying nonetheless.

Martinů Plenty of choice here but Raphael Wallfisch’s disc of both concertos and the concertino is hard to beat.

Moór His second concerto is a substantial and delightful four-movement work. It is hard to imagine it being better done than by Péter Szabó.

Röntgen All three of his concertos are worth hearing but the second particularly so in the performance by Gregor Horsch.

Sćverud A surprisingly jazzy work which has only seen the light of day fairly recently thanks to Robert Rřnnes (who reconstructed it) and Truls Mřrk.

Toch A very interesting four movement work that has been recorded several times. Susanne Müller-Hornbach’s performance is compelling.

Tovey Despite its length, this does not outstay its welcome and Alice Neary is a fine soloist.

Weigl A much underrated composer, his cello music has been recently brought to life by Raphael Wallfisch.


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