Cello Concerto No.1 in C major
Franz Joseph Haydn
Up 13. Highest of Haydn's 3 entries — so, somewhat surprisingly, we say goodbye to him already.
In the first few years after he arrived at the Esterházy Palace, when he was still in his twenties, Haydn decided he needed to raise the standards of playing in the orchestra. While increasing the number of players in the band and hence competition to play the best bits of the music he wrote appetising concertos to ensure that the most essential members didnt consider walking away. So, in addition to brand new symphonies in which all the musicians played an important part, there were choice concertos for the chosen ones.
One such player was the cellist Joseph Weigl. The Cello Concerto No.1 was his present from Haydn and one that was subsequently lost for two hundred years. It was not until 1961 that it was rediscovered, having been salvaged from Radenin castle in Prague. So, although it was written in the 1760s, it has become a firm favourite with audiences only in the last fifty years.
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