Evening Masterwork: Lalo’s Cello Concerto

Edouard Lalo (1823 – 1892)

Cello Concerto by Edouard Lalo

Evening Masterwork for October 10, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Although Edouard Lalo was a Frenchman, he was of Spanish descent: he’s most famous for his Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, and Spanish idioms also fill the three movements of his Cello Concerto; sometimes subtly, other times more blatantly. In particular, Lalo’s Cello Concerto is an accomplishment simply based on the composer’s ability to keep the soloist in the foreground as protagonist – that, plus it is one of the few model concertos for the cello from that time.