The renowned 19th-century German cello virtuoso Robert Hausmann premiered two of the pieces you’ll hear at the next Nth Degree concert, "Cellissimo," on Sunday March 11.
Hausmann had long been asking Max Bruch, the German Romantic composer, to write a piece for cello and orchestra to match those he had written for violin and orchestra. Bruch completed the piece entitled Kol Nidrei (the Aramaic phrase means All Vows, and is the incantation that starts the Yom Kippur service) in 1880. In 1881, Hausmann premiered Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, which was dedicated to him.
A decade later, Hausmann premiered Brahms’ Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, op.114. More on that later!
Hausmann played a fine Stradivarius cello from 1724, which is still known as the "Hausmann" Strad. He acquired it from his great uncle's son, the cello virtuoso and chamber music specialist George Hausmann. The Russian master Edmund Kurtz later owned it – he was principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1936 to 1944. The Hausmann cello last sold for $4.5 million, and its current owner is unknown.
Cellist Jacques Lee Wood stars in “Cellissimo,” Sunday March 11 at 3:00 PM at the Federated Church of Orleans. Seating is limited and tickets are going fast!
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