Evening Masterwork: Cello Concerto No.2 by Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn performing in a string quartet (Collection: StaatsMuseum, Vienna)

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D, Op. 101 by Franz Joseph Haydn

Evening Masterwork for August 11, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

The Second Cello Concerto that Franz Joseph Haydn composed is much more relaxed than the first, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it isn’t exciting or beautiful. In this work, Haydn takes full advantage of the cello’s capabilities, employing techniques such as double-stops, octaves, and the upper register.  The work dates from 1783 – 20 years after his Cello Concerto No. 1 was composed – and it’s believed to have been written for principal cellist Anton Kraft. In fact, some scholars once believed Anton Kraft wrote the concerto, but this was cleared up in 1951 with the discover of Haydn’s autograph manuscript.