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Friedrich Gulda: Cello Concerto (1980)

December 1st, 2010
Tonight’s Espace Musique radio discovery is Friedrich Gulda’s cello concerto. Beautifully eclectic stylistically and requiring eyebrow-raising technical skillz, this piece is a great antidote for the Dvorak/Boccherini/Schumann/Haydn-fatigued. What other concerto effectively incorporates a drum kit, an acoustic guitar, a delicious horn choir (ok -Dvorak manages that bit) and an ersatz marching band? It turns out that Gulda was quite the character – always exciting to discover. ClassicalTV has several films in its archive of Gulda playing with Chick Corea, jazz organist Barbara Dinnerlein and Herbie Hancock as well as doing some Mozart on his own. Well worth a watch. Best of all, it’s free!

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