What do Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony have in common? Answer: All three pieces went unplayed for decades only to become concert hall staples when rediscovered by later generations.
This same process of musical rebirth unfolded at Jones Hall when Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith performed a long-lost cello concerto.
This concerto was written by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, an Italian composer of Sephardic Jewish ancestry who settled in California after fleeing antisemitism and fascism in 1938. Today, he is perhaps best remembered for the many works he composed for the virtuoso Andrés Segovia, which continue to form part of the core classical guitar repertoire.
Read more in our blog post: Brinton Averil Smith Brings a Lost Masterpiece Back to Life