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Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

: Vcl. Solo; 2(Picc.) 2 (E.H.) 2 2-4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp.; Perc.; Hp.,Str.
Duration:  31 minutes
Commission Information: By the New Heritage Foundation
Premiere Information: Paul Tobias, cello, Virginia Symphony, JoAnn Falletta, conductor, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, Virginia; January 27, 2001
Additional Information: The second movement may be performed separately. See "Elegy for Cello and Orchestra." It has been transcribed for the following solo instruments: contrabass, clarinet, viola. The first movement is also available separately, with added text for Narrator. See "Thomas Jefferson".
Recording: recorded by Paul Tobias, cello, Virginia Symphony, JoAnn Falletta, conductor, on the Albany Records titled "The American Cello" Troy 648.
Score and Parts: Available from Presser Rental Library
Piano Reduction: Published by Presser 114-41343


Audio Samples:

I. Allegro

II. Adagio cantabile (Elegy)



About the Cello Concerto:

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"…totally lovable…a marvelous piece full of good tunes, and effective exchanges between soloist and orchestra. Even the long, rhapsodic opening movement really contrives somehow to cheat the clock, maybe simply because its thematic material is so instantly appealing. It would bring the house down in concert and deserves to be widely known."
-David Hurwitz, Classics Today.com

"This work has a reflective but articulate soul giving itself up in song. There is a touching cantorial first movement that also has a euphoric buoyancy…

The lightness of being in the first movement returns for the flighty yet by no means shallow finale. This is music that whoops and dances on its toes with the effervescence of vintage Copland and Moeran."
-Rob Barnett, Musicweb

"Ranjbaran’s music is solidly constructed in a very traditional style, with a strong emotional impact. ...The cello solo often has the vocal character of a recitative. A lively folk-like theme introduced in the first movement is the main idea of the last, and other ideas return as well, helping to tie the whole piece together quite neatly. He (Tobias) shared his commitment to the work with his colleagues, and with the audience, which gave its enthusiastic approval."
-Lee Teply, The Virginian Pilot

"Attractive themes, well-marshalled and developed…a deserving companion and successor to his discmate Barber's [cello concerto]."


Ranjbaran Cello Concerto, III movement





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