Édouard lalo lalo - václav smetáček - concerto for violoncello and orchestra / symphonic variations


By the 1870s, Lalo’s popularity had begun to increase as a result of the performance of a series of instrumental works. He was also granted the opportunity to pursue composition in orchestral music in the German tradition with the support of the Société Nationale, Pasdeloup, Lamoureux, Colonne, and Sarasate. Works from this period include the Violin Concerto in F major (1873) and the Symphonie espagnole   (1874) performed by the violinist Pablo Sarasate in 1874 and 1875, respectively. Symphonie espagnole , despite its misleading title, is a violin concerto and became and remains to this day one of his most popular pieces. It features five movements full of Spanish whimsy. His Cello Concerto in D minor (1877) and Fantaisie norvégienne   (1878) were performed by the Parisian cellist Adolphe Fischer in 1877 and 1879, respectively. His cello concerto is one of his stronger instrumental works, and is very searching in nature. Another piece for violin, the Concerto russe   (1879), was premiered by Marsick in 1879. Despite his success during this period, he remained unsatisfied and still longed to compose for the theatre.

In 1881, Lalo had more-or-less completed the opera, Le roi d’Ys , but it was not accepted by any theaters. The Paris Opéra, however, did ask him for a ballet, which was an unfamiliar genre for Lalo. He accepted the offer, and provided the Opéra with Namouna   (1881-82), which was completed within four months. During the compositional process, Lalo suffered from a bout of hemiplegia and Charles Gounod was able to help him complete the orchestration. The production did not run long, although it was full of intrigue. Many critics accused him of being a symphonist and/or a Wagnerian. Other critics were appreciative of his originality and fresh approach. The score was later released as part of an orchestral suite series, made popular by Debussy , who was then a student the Conservatory, and an avid admirer of the work.

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