Anton Rubinstein, founder of the St.Petersburg conservatory, is mostly remembered as a pianist and educator (Tchaikowsky was one of his students). He was, also, a prolific composer: the cello concerto n.2 was written in the summer of 1874, while taking a break from his fourth symphony and his fifth piano concerto.
This recording features Werner Thomas at the cello, with the Bamberger Symphoniker led by Yuri Ahronovic.
Frederick Delius – La Calinda
The single most famous musical passage from Delius’ third opera “Koanga” contains the melody known as La Calinda, which is the only part of the score that has remained famous in the concert hall.