Masterclass: Alban Gerhardt on Dvořák Cello Concerto, first movement

Alban Gerhardt c.Kaupo Kikkas

Alban Gerhardt provides practical tips to help you make the most of this popular audition piece

Many musicians, even non-cellists, believe Dvořák’s famous Cello Concerto in B minor op.104 to be the most beautiful concerto written for any instrument. It is also the work that cellists choose most often for masterclasses and auditions. Ostensibly a brilliant showcase for soloists, it can instil a great feeling of anticipation in its audience, and cellists often come unstuck trying to live up to expectations. It saddens me whenever this most personal of all concertos is regarded as merely a showpiece…

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