A major cello concerto gets its first hearing since Piatigorsky’s premiere, 82 years agomain
Houston Symphony’s principal cello Brinton Averil Smith has resurrected Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s lost Cello Concerto, last heard at its 1935 world premiere by Gregor Piatigorsky, conducted by Arturo Toscanini.
He’s playing it over the Easter weekend.
Here’s a clip:
Apparently, Piatigorsky had exclusive rights to the concerto and refused to let anyone else play it. Then he forgot about it. Brinton Smith has now excavated it from the Ricordi archives.
Might Houston stream the modern premiere online?