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Violoncello Concerto d minor
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Édouard Lalo (1823–92) was active for many years as a violinist and violist in various orchestras and chamber-music ensembles. But it was not until the 1870s that he finally began to make a name for himself as composer as well. He first achieved success with the Violin Concerto No. 1 op. 20 (1873), which was soon followed by a second piece in this genre, the famous Symphon... more


About the Composer


Edouard Lalo

A French composer and violinist. Musically he felt drawn to German traditions, which is reflected in his compositions; but at the same time his works demonstrate predilections for rhythmic quirks and folkloric elements. His output includes violin concerti, song cycles, symphonies, operas, and chamber music. He was a member of the Société Nationale de Musique.

1823Born in Lille on January 27.
from 1833Studies violin with Joseph Müller and composition with Pierre Baumann at the Lille Conservatoire.
around 1839Takes private violin lessons in Paris, including with François-Antoine Habeneck.
around 1845He becomes a pupil of Julius Schulhoff and Joseph-Eugène Crèvecœur.
1848Cofounder of a politically-oriented union of musicians supporting the revolution.
1849Hired by the orchestra of the Opéra-Comique.
1850Under the baton of Hector Berlioz he plays in concerts of the Grande Société Philharmonique.
1850–56He writes chamber works including the two Piano Trios, op. 7 and without opus number, and the Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 12.
1856On January 30, the Quatuor Armingaud makes its debut in Paris with Lalo on second violin.
1865On July 6 he marries for a second time, to contralto Julie Bernier de Maligny, who inspires him to compose songs.
1874He writes his Violin Concerto no. 2 in D major, op. 21 (“Symphonie espagnole”), dedicated to Pablo de Sarasate.
1878The Institut de France honors him with the Prix Chartier.
around 1881He composes the commissioned ballet “Namouna.”
1888His opera “Le roi d’Ys” is performed for the first time in Paris.
1892Dies in Paris on April 23.

About the Authors

Peter Jost (Editor)

Dr. Peter Jost, born in 1960 in Diefflen/Saar, read musicology, German and comparative studies at Saarland University in Saarbrücken. He did his PhD in 1988 with a thesis on Robert Schumann’s Waldszenen.

From November 1991 to April 2009 he was a research associate at the Richard Wagner Complete Edition in Munich, and since May 2009 has been an editor at G. Henle Publishers. His Urtext editions comprise predominantly French music of the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Lalo, Saint-Saëns and Ravel.


Johannes Umbreit (Piano reduction)

Prof. Johannes Umbreit studied the piano at the Musikhochschule in Munich. From 1987 onwards he was a regular accompanist at courses given by Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Thomas Brandis, Ljerko Spiller, Igor Ozim, Olga Woitowa, Ernő Sebestyén, Walter Nothas, F. Andrejevsky, Denis Zsigmondy and Zakhar Bron amongst others. He has appeared in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and plays chamber music with members of the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He is on the jury of different international competitions and has been invited to several international music festivals. Umbreit was a teacher for almost ten years at the Musikhochschule in Munich and at the same time a lecturer for chamber music and piano accompaniment at the Richard Strauss Conservatory. Since 2008 he has been a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. As the long-serving managing director of the Richard-Strauss-Gesellschaft, he was made an honorary member of the board in 2009. In May 2011, the Bavarian Minister of Culture appointed Johannes Umbreit an honorary professor of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München on the suggestion of its academic senate.

Heinrich Schiff (Fingering and bowing for Violoncello)

Diese sehr gelungene Ausgabe dürfte schon bald zum festen Notenbestand eines jeden Cellisten gehören.

NMZ, 2011

Es war notwendig, ein differenziertes Bild zu erstellen, das die einzelnen Arbeitsschichten und ihre wechselseitigen Abhängigkeiten sichtbar macht. Dies ist unter der Editionsleitung von Peter Jost grandios gelungen, sodass wir mit der vorliegenden Ausgabe dem Werk so nahe wie nie zuvor kommen können.

Das Orchester, 2011

A carefully researched text with clear and spacious printing highlights this sympathetic collaboration of two esteemed publishing houses, Breitkopf & Härtel and G. Henle.

Strings, 2010