A precios edition of the cello concerto op.129 by Robert Schumann in the new transcription for cello and string quartet.
This version is based on an original idea by Robert Schumann.
During the successful negotations about publication of the concerto for violoncello op.129 the composer suggested to his publisher Breitkopf & Härtel an “arrangement for string quartet and solo cello, so that it could be performed in a private setting”. This idea was surely not absurd, considering that Clara Schumann herself often played a string quartet version of her husband´s piano concerto. In the end, however, Schumann was not able to realize his suggestion, so that we may only guess what such an arrangement by the composer himself may have sounded like.
Dr.Matthias Wendt, Robert Schumann Research Department,
Germany, Düsseldorf May 24th 2007
Copy and paste the following link http://www.edition-peters.de/works/konzert-fur-violoncello-und-orchester-op-129/133053
on the Peters website please click on Zinfonia to get started.
Both versions have clear differences in all orchestral parts.
In the string orchestra version for example the violins are divided into four groups in some passages. Viola and tutti-cello are arranged different, so the double bass can play his impulses without disturbing the clarity of the ensemble sound .
It really fits for a string orchestra, but there are very high rental fees demanded by Edition Peters (depend on the concert occasions and are considerably higher than my commercially available cello + string quartet edition).