Week of July 30th
Brinton Averil Smith, cello and the Houston Symphony
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Cello Concerto
This is exciting. In 2015, cellist Brinton Averil Smith (principal of the Houston Symphony) re-discovered a long-lost cello concerto by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, best-known as a Hollywood film composer. He composed it in 1935 for the great LA-based cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky. The work had lain unperformed for more than 80 years when Averil Smith finally found what is called a “trial” copy. He convinced his bosses at the HSO to revive the work and they gave its second-ever performance in April of 2017. Paired with the Cello Concerto on this recording are some of the piano/cello transcriptions (by Mozart, Ravel, Rossini) that Castelnuovo-Tedesco made for his good buddies, Piatigorsky and violinist Jascha Heifetz. Read more about Averil Smith’s quest in Strings Magazine.