Primus inter pares?

Compared to their more populous cousins for piano or violin, cello concertos are relatively thin on the ground. There are, for example, no cello concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Brahms or Tchaikovsky. But what the cello repertoire lack in quantity it certainly make up for in quality: think of the Haydn (two of them – maybe), the Schumann, the Elgar, the Shostakovich (two of them – certainly), the Dvořák and the Lutosławski.

There is one concerto I feel has been rather hard done by; mainly, I think, because it isn’t by one of the luminaries named above — Myaskovsky’s. And, in certain moods, its gentle melancholy (so suited to the instrument – think of the Elgar) can raise it above the rarefied cohort of its fellows. Listen to it:

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