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Romanza for Cello and Small Orchestra, Op.49

Category Orchestral > Other Orchestral Works
Composed 1990
Duration (approx) 12 minutes

Cello, small orchestra: - strings (min

Recording(s) A Birthday Concert for my Grandmother
Publisher Faber Music

Mstislav Rostropovich for the 90th Birthday of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

First performance 2 August 1990
Venue Buckingham Palace
Orchestra / Ensemble English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Raymond Leppard
Soloists / Players Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Review Robert Maycock, The Independent, 29 September 1990

As the Prince says in his foreword, he wanted the new pieces here to have “recognisable melodies and themes”; and this piece comes from the lyrical rather that the searching side of Matthews. But it grows into more than the wistful little number that its opening suggests – a fullscale, neatly wrought sonata movement with plenty of lovely cello writing.