Philharmonic’s Principal Cellist Rachel Smith on the Lalo Cello Concerto:

I played this piece when I was much younger and was unable to grasp how much fun Lalo had while writing his concerto. While relearning it, his language opened up to me. There is a reason why there are so many different artistic interpretations to what he has written; it speaks differently to everyone. He was a master of all string instruments (studying both violin and cello in conservatory) and his violinist flare really shows throughout the whole piece. He’s able to move seamlessly from heavy, emotional recitative openings into energetic, showy, sometimes even silly, thematic sections while still keeping the material cohesive and interesting. At the time of this concerto’s publication, cello concerti were very few. Composers doubted the cello had the ability to be exceptional solo instruments. I feel Lalo proved them wrong and did an excellent job of using the cello’s range and versatility to explore the wide spectrum of musical musings he had in mind.


Come hear Rachel perform the Lalo Cello Concerto October 27 and 29th at Autumn Leaves.
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