Editions of Standard Cello Repertoire

Welcome to my comprehensive list of editions for the standard cello repertoire. I hope that you find this list helpful when choosing the right piece for yourself or your student. Each work includes a grade level 1 through 6 (based on the ASTA syllabus recommendations), where 1 is beginner and 6 is very advanced. Grade 2 is around Suzuki book-4 level. Grade 3 is around Suzuki book 5-6 level, as so on. Each work also includes currently available editions and my recommendations. The editions are split into 3 categories: Urtext/Critical (based on original sources), Performance (has useful fingerings and bowings), and Non-performance (no useful fingering or bowing, and not based on original sources). If you would like to suggest a work for this list, I would be happy to consider it. You may also read my detailed reviews of major publishers here.

A note of caution: Piano parts in sonatas that say "for Piano and Cello" or "for Cello and Piano" are all Grade 6 for the pianist. These are not "accompaniments." It can take the pianist 6-12 months to learn these sonatas properly. Baroque piano reductions and basso continuo realizations are typically Grades 2-3 for the pianist; classical and romantic piano reductions are Grades 4-5; 20th and 21st century piano reductions are Grades 5-6. Bach's Gamba sonatas are Grades 4-5 for the harpsichord/piano. Please plan accordingly!

Alkan
Sonate de concert for Piano and Cello, Op. 47
Grade 5
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter
Non-performance Edition(s): Gerard Billaudot Editeur, LudwigMasters Publications
Note: Barenreiter is the best choice for this piece. Unfortunately, it's currently out of print. There is a copy on IMSLP; check if it's in the public domain in your country. Gerard Billaudot is way too expensive for what it is; I don't think this piece is worth the $70 asking price. LudwigMasters is badly engraved.

Bach, C.P.E.
Concerto in A major, H. 439
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Eulenburg/Kunzelmann, YL Edition
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): cpebach.org, Eulenburg/Kunzelmann, YL Edition
Arrangements: IMC (Cassado, in F major), Salabert (Pollain)
Note: You may learn more about my edition from this article. Avoid getting the Kunzelmann edition. It has mistakes and bad page-turns in the solo part. Cpebach.org is of better quality but also has bad page-turns in the solo part.

Bach, J.S.
3 Gamba Sonatas
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Breitkopf (Klengel), Henle, Peters (Grützmacher), IMC (Klengel)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle

Bach, J.S. 
6 Suites, BWV 1007-1012
Grade 3 (no. 1), 4 (nos. 2-3), 5 (nos. 4-5), 6 (no. 6)
​Performance Edition(s): Barenreiter (Wenzinger), Henle (Ginzel), Peer Music (Starker)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Bach Gesellschaft (reprinted by Dover), Henle (based on AMB), YL Edition (based on Kellner and Westphal), Wiener Urtext (based on Westphal and Traeg)
Note: Because of a large number of Bach Suite editions, I am only listing the ones I would recommend. I do not recommend the new Barenreiter (Talle) edition. However, I do highly recommend the Dover for the first 5 suites. It's a reprint of the Bach Gesellschaft edition, a very well prepared critical edition. It's free on IMSLP. 

Barber
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
Grade 5 
First Edition (non-performance): Schirmer
Note: This edition lacks a few dynamic markings which disciples of Orlando Cole have penciled into their parts.

Barber
Concerto, Op. 22
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Schirmer (Garbousova)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: Here is an article I wrote about a few confusing passages.

Beethoven
5 Sonatas for Piano and Cello, Opp. 5, 69, and 102
Grades 4 (nos. 1-2) and 5 (nos. 3-5)
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Geringas),IMC (Fournier), Schirmer (Starker), Peters (Schulz)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle

Beethoven
Variations for Piano and Cello, Op. 66, WoO 45 and 46
Grades 4 (WoO 45 and 46) and 5 (Op. 66)
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Geringas), Schirmer (Starker), Peters (Stutschewsky)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle

Berteau
6 Sonatas (for Cello and Basso Continuo)
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Grancino (under Martino), IMC (Rose, only G major), Ricordi (Salmon, under Sammartini)
First Edition: Richomme
Note: The G major sonata has been erroneously published under the name Sammartini. These sonatas can be played by 2 cellos (last one by 3 cellos)

Bloch
Jewish Life (3 pieces for Cello and Piano)
Grade 4 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
First Edition: Carl Fischer
Note: Currently available as part of a collection with other works for cello and piano by Bloch.

Bloch
Schelomo
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s):  YL Edition
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
First Edition: Schirmer
Note: The Schirmer cello solo part is full of mistakes. Here is an article about the YL Edition Urtext edition. See my website store to purchase the Urtext Edition (marked and unmarked).

Boccherini 
Concerto No. 1, G. 477
Grade 5  
Non-​performance Edition(s): Ricordi/Zanibon and Schott​​
Note: Parts of the first and third movements were used by Grützmacher in his Concerto in B-flat major based on Boccherini's themes.

Boccherini
Concerto No. 2, G. 479
Grade 5 
Non-​performance Edition(s): Ricordi/Zanibon and Schott​​
Note: There are still 2 editions floating around in libraries that should be avoided: Muzyka (Aslamazyan) and Ricordi (Respighi). These editions are highly edited, recomposed, and reorchestrated.

Boccherini
Concerto No. 3, G. 480
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Edition Delrieu (Gendron)
Non-​performance Edition(s): Ricordi/Zanibon and Schott
Note: The second movement was used by Grützmacher in his Concerto in B-flat major based on Boccherini's themes.

Boccherini  
Concerto No. 9, G. 482
Grade 6
Performance Edition(s): Édition Delrieu (Gendron)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Reinhardt (Sturzenegger)
Non-​performance Edition(s): Ricordi/Zanibon
Note: Parts of the first and third movements were used by Grützmacher in his Concerto in B-flat major based on Boccherini's themes.

Boccherini
Cello Sonatas (for Cello and Basso Continuo)
Grades 5-6
​Performance Edition(s): Ricordi (Paternoster, 19 sonatas) Ricordi (Piatti, 6 sonatas), Zanibon (Pais, complete)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Ricordi (Paternoster), Zanibon (Pais)
Note: I do not recommend the Wakelkamp edition because of the extremely high price and poor engraving quality. 

Brahms
Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello, Op. 38
Grade 4 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Kanngiesser), IMC (Rose), Peters (Klengel), Wiener Urtext (Boettcher)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Breitkopf (Hans Gal,reprinted by Dover), Henle, Wiener Urtext

Brahms
Sonata No. 2 for Piano and Cello, Op. 99
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Kanngiesser), IMC (Rose), Peters (Klengel), Wiener Urtext (Boettcher) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Breitkopf (Hans Gal,reprinted by Dover), Henle, Wiener Urtext

Breval
6 Sonatas, Op. 40 (for 2 Cellos)
Grade 2 
​Performance Edition(s): Artistic Score Engraving (Leonovich), Henle (Klein, no. 1 only)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Artistic Score Engraving, Güntersberg
Note: These sonatas should be played by 2 cellos, not with piano accompaniment. Some of these sonatas were arranged into "concertos" and "concertinos" by Feuillard, published by Delrieu. These Feuillard arrangements do not contain any music from Breval's own concertos.

Breval
Sonatas Op. 28 (for 2 Cellos)
Grade 4 
​Performance Edition(s): Artistic Score Engraving (Leonovich)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Artistic Score Engraving
Note: These sonatas should be played by 2 cellos, not with piano accompaniment. Some of these sonatas were arranged into "concertos" and "concertinos" by Feuillard, published by Delrieu. These Feuillard arrangements do not contain any music from Breval's own concertos.

Breval
Sonatas Op. 12 (for 2 Cellos)
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Artistic Score Engraving (Leonovich, in preparation), IMC (Cassado, no. 5 only), Schott (Cahnbley, no.5 only)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Artistic Score Engraving (in preparation)
Note: These sonatas should be played by 2 cellos, not with piano accompaniment. Op. 12/6 slow movement was arranged by Feuillard into the slow movement of "Concerto No.2," published by Delrieu. This Feuillard arrangement does not contain any music from Breval's own concertos.

Britten
3 Suites for Solo Cello, Opp. 72, 80, and 87
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Faber (Rostropovich)

Bruch
Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Grade 4 
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer (part of the Contest Album), Henle (Poltéra), IMC (Rose)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle

Casadesus
Viola Concerto in C minor (formerly attributed to J.C. Bach)
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Salabert (arr. Marechal)
Note: This kind of work is called a "musical hoax" in the scholarly community. It was composed by a 20th-century violist for viola in a neo-romantic style. There are 2 Salabert editions, which are different only with regards to typesetting. If you do teach this piece, avoid the new, engraving-software-looking edition that's currently available from Shar and other music retailers.

Cassado
Requiebros
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Schott (Cassado)

Cassado 
Toccata (formerly attributed to Frescobaldi)
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Universal (Cassado)
Note: This kind of work is called a "musical hoax" in the scholarly community.

Cassado
Suite for Solo Cello
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Universal (Cassado)

Chopin
Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op. 65
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Kanngiesser), IMC (Fournier), Peters (Grützmacher), Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle, Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne

Chopin
Introduction and Polonaise Brillante for Piano and Cello, Op. 3
Grades vary by edition/arrangement
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Kanngiesser, Grade 4), IMC (arr. Rose, Grade 6), Peters (Grützmacher, Grade 4), Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne, Schirmer (arr. Graudan, Grade 6), Schott (arr. Gendron-Francaix, Grade 6)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle (Original, Grade 4), Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (Original, Grade 4)
Note: Avoid the Kunzelmann (arr. Mifune) edition.

Dall'Abaco
11 Caprices for Solo Cello
Grades 4-5
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Hamrefors (on IMSLP), YL Edition, White Prince Edition
Note: I do not recommend the Musedita edition of this work because of its very poor quality.

Davydov (Davidoff)
Romance sans paroles
Grade 3 
​Performance Edition(s): Muzyka, Schott

Davydov (Davidoff)
At the Fountain
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rose)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition

Debussy
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Ginzel)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle
Note: I cannot recommend the Barenreiter edition because it is poorly engraved.

Dotzauer-Klingenberg
113 Studies
Grades 1-5 (progressive)
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer (1-62 only), IMC, Schirmer
Note: The 113 Studies is a 4 volume set compiled and edited by Klingenberg. They do not reflect Dotzauer's original marking, fingerings, or dynamics. Dotzauer composed upwards of 200 solo cello etudes, which I recommend exploring in the context of their respective Op. numbers, starting with Op. 120.

Duport
21 Studies (Essai sur le doigté du violoncelle)
Grades 3-6
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Schmidt), Schirmer (Schulz)
Note: These etudes are the most beneficial when played with the second cello part (by the teacher). Avoid getting the Barenreiter (Rummel), Litolff (Klingenberg), and Peters (Grützmacher) edition as they depart from Duport's musical text and markings.

Dvorak 
Concerto, Op. 104
Grade 6  
​Performance Edition(s): Breitkopf (Schiff), IMC (Rose), Schirmer (Starker)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Breitkopf, Henle
Note: Because there are dozens of editions of this work, I am only including the editions I would recommend. Avoid the currently available Simrock edition (and Kalmus reprint). Also, something to keep in mind is that there are textual variants between Dvorak's personal orchestra score and the autograph of his own piano reductions. Every publisher except Barenreiter publishes all the variants of the piano reduction in their piano reductions, which has led to some confusion about notes. Barenreiter follows the orchestral score to change all the variants into what the orchestra score has, which is great. But Barenreiter is also adamant about changing the B in the finale, m. 39, beat 2, LH, bass voice (Bassoon 2) to an F# to match all the other occurrences of this passage in the movement. I disagree with them on this, because all of the sources unequivocally have a B.

Dvorak 
Rondo, Op. 94
Grade 5  
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Ginzel), IMC (Rose) Wiener Urtext (Rivinius) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle, Wiener Urtext 
Note: Wiener Urtext is the best deal because this work is part of a Dvorak collection with 3 other pieces.

​​​​Dvorak
Silent Woods, Op. 68, No. 5
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Ginzel), IMC (Stutch) Wiener Urtext (Rivinius)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle, Wiener Urtext
Note: Wiener Urtext is the best deal because this work is part of a Dvorak collection with 3 other pieces.

Elgar
Concerto, Op. 85
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Masters Music (Colon)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Novello (published in 2010s)
First Edition: Novello (and Masters Music reprint available on IMSLP)
Note: Masters Music (Colon) is poorly engraved. Use it only for the fingerings. For notes, use one of the critical editions.

Falla
Suite Populaire Espagnole
Grade 4 
​Performance Edition(s): Eschig (arr. Marechal)

Falla
Ritual Fire Dance and Dance of Terror
Grade 4 
​Performance Edition(s): Chester (arr. Piatigorsky)

Fauré
Apres un reve, Op. 7/1
Grade 4   
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (arr. Casals)
Note: This song comes from a cycle of Trois (3) mélodies, Op. 7. The other 2 songs lie well on the cello as well, if you enjoy exploring the vocal repertoire.

Fauré
Elegie, Op. 24 
Grade 4  
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rose), Schirmer (Deri) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Peters (part of a collection)

Fauré
Sicilienne, Op. 78
Grade 3 
Performance Edition(s): IMC
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Peters (part of a collection)

Fauré
Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello, Op. 109
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Geringas)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle
First edition: Durand (available on IMSLP)

Fauré
Sonata No. 2 for Piano and Cello, Op. 117
Grade 5  
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Geringas) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle 
First edition: Durand (available on IMSLP)

Foss
Capriccio
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer (Piatigorsky)

Franchomme
12 Caprices
Grade 4-5
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Performance Edition(s): IMC (Klengel), Schott (Becker)
Note: The Klengel edition is highly edited and abridged. It has dozens of extra notes and a large cut in #7. The Becker edition is mostly true to the original musical text but has hundreds of new dynamic marks and articulations. Both of these are available on IMSLP.

Franck-Delsart
Sonata for Piano and Violin (Transcribed for cello)
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Poltéra), IMC (Rose)
Note: Henle is not "urtext" in this case because this is an arrangement of a violin work, but they did a great job with the edition. Barenreiter is poorly engraved, so I cannot recommend it. Avoid the Kunzelmann (Mifune) edition.

Gabrielli
7 Ricerceri for Solo Cello
Grade 3 
​Performance Edition(s): Schott
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter

Glazunov 
Melodie and Serenade espagnole, Op. 20
Grade 4 
​Non-Performance Edition(s): Peters
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
First Edition: Belaieff

Glazunov
Chant du Menestrel, Op. 71
Grade 4
​Non-Performance Edition(s): IMC (copy of Belaieff)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
First Edition: Belaieff

Goltermann 
Concerto No. 3 
Grade 4
Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer (Shultz), IMC (Klengel)

Goltermann
Concerto No. 4
Grade 3 
​Performance Edition(s): Artistic Music Engraving (Carneiro), IMC (Rose), Schirmer (van Vliet)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Artistic Music Engraving

Grieg
Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op. 36
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Geringas), IMC (Rose), Peters
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle

​Grützmacher
24 Technical Studies, Op. 38 (in 2 volumes)
Grades 2-6 (progressive)
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Klengel), Peters (Klengel)
Note: Avoid getting the Barenreiter (Rummel) edition of these etudes.

Haydn
Concerto in C, Hob VIIb: 1
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Ginzel), IMC (Rostropovich), Peters (Bosbach)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle

Haydn
Concerto in D, Hob VIIb: 2
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Ginzel), Schott (Gendron), Peters (Storck)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle, Peters (Storck)
Note: Avoid getting Breitkopf (Gevaert), IMC (Gevaert-Rose), Kalmus (Klengel).

Herbert
Concerto No. 1
Grade 6 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition

Herbert
Concerto No. 2
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): IMC Rose, YL Edition (in preparation)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition (in preparation)

Hindemith
Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 25, No. 3
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Schott (old edition)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Schott (new edition)

Janacek
Pohadka, for Piano and Cello
Grade 5 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Supraphon
Note: Supraphon is available on IMSLP. 

Kabalevsky
Concerto No. 1
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): IMC, Leeds, Sikorski

Kabalevsky
Concerto No. 2
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Sikorski (Shafran)
Note: There are 3 different printings of this piece. I discuss these in this article.

Klengel
Concertino No. 1
Grade 4 
​Performance Edition(s): Breitkopf (Klengel), IMC (Rose), YL Edition (Klengel, corrected)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition (also orchestrated)
Note: Here is an article about my orchestration.

Kodaly
Sonata for Solo Cello Op. 8
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Masters Music (Colon)
First Edition: Universal

Lalo
Concerto
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rose), Peters (Klengel), Schirmer (Deri)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle
Note: Avoid the Barenreiter edition because of poor engraving.

Lee
40 Études mélodiques et progressives, Op.31 (in 2 vols.)
Grades 3 (vol. 1) and 4 (vol. 2)
First Edition: Aulagnier (Lee)
Performance Edition(s) (all with cuts!): Carl Fischer (Becker), IMC (Becker), Schirmer (Schulz), Schott
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Notes: All performance editions listed above contain major cuts by Hugo Becker in numbers 10, 14, 22, 24, 28, 29, 35, and 36. Some passages are recomposed by Hugo Becker to accommodate the cuts. Some passages are recomposed in number 11. Schott is newly engraved, based on Becker's version. In the Schott, the etudes are often spread across 3 pages, introducing unnecessary page turns and many mistakes like wrong notes, missing time/key signatures, and repeats in the wrong place.

Ligeti
Sonata (1948-1953)
Grade 6 
First Edition: Schott

Locatelli
Sonata in D major
Grade 6
Performance edition(s): Artaria (arr. Starkweather), IMC (arr. Piatti, reprint of Schott), Schott (arr. Piatti)
Note: This piece is a compilation of 2 violin sonatas: Op. 6/6 (first and third movements) and Op. 6/12 (second movement). The Artaria edition includes arrangements of the 2 violin sonatas in their entirety. However, Artaria's prices are very steep for digital editions. I don't recommend Artaria. Stick to the free Schott edition on IMSLP.

Mendelssohn 
Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello, Op. 45
Grade 4
Performance Edition(s): Henle (Kanngiesser), Peters (Cahnbley)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle
Note: Barenreiter and Peters are a part of a Mendelssohn complete cello music collection

Mendelssohn  
Sonata No. 2 for Piano and Cello Op. 58
Grade 5
Performance Edition(s): Henle (Kanngiesser), Peters (Cahnbley) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle 
Note: Barenreiter and Peters are a part of a Mendelssohn complete cello music collection

Mendelssohn
Song without words for Cello and Piano, Op. 109
Grade 3
Performance Edition(s): Henle (Kanngiesser), Peters (Cahnbley) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle 
Note: Barenreiter and Peters are a part of a Mendelssohn complete cello music collection

Mendelssohn
Variations Piano and Cello, Op. 17
Grade 5
Performance Edition(s): Henle (Kanngiesser), Peters (Cahnbley) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle 
Note: Barenreiter and Peters are a part of a Mendelssohn complete cello music collection

Paganini
24 Caprices, Op. 1
Grade 6
Performance Edition(s): Ricordi (Silva)
​​​​​​Note: Ricordi has Silva's preparatory exercises for each Caprice.

Paganini
Variations on one string
Grade 5
Performance Edition(s): IMC (Fournier), Ricordi (Silva)

Piatti
12 Caprices, Op. 25
Grade 5
Performance Edition(s): Henle (Piatti), Ricordi (Silva), Simrock (Piatti)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle
Note: I like the Henle edition, but my students have used Simrock from IMSLP with great success. Ricordi has Silva's preparatory exercises for each Caprice.

Popper
Elfentanz
Grade 6
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fisher (Rostropovich), Faber (Isserlis), IMC (Fournier)
Note: IMC (Cassado), currently out of print, is shorter and has a recomposed piano part (a little more avant-garde)

Popper
High School of Cello Playing, Op. 73
​Performance Edition(s): Bärenreiter (Rummel), IMC (Popper, reprint), Paladino (Rummel, revised), Schirmer (Popper, reprint)
First Edition: Hofmeister
AVOID AT ALL COSTS: Dover (Yablonsky) edition. This is one of the worst editions I've seen on the market of any work.

Popper
Hungarian Rhapsody
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer (Malkin), Hofmeister (Popper, reprinted by Kalmus), IMC (Rose), Schirmer (Starker, part of a collection)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition (Popper)
Notes: Carl Fischer and Schirmer simplify a few passages, including the upper register scales and chords in the fast sections.

Popper 
Im Walde 
Grade 5 
​Performance Edition(s): Barenreiter (Rummel), Rahter (Popper), YL Edition (Popper) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition 

Popper
Tarantella, Op. 33
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rose), Rahter (Popper), Schirmer (Starker, part of a collection)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition 

Poulenc
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition (First Edition): Heugel (Fournier)
Note: There is also a revised edition in 1953.

Prokofiev
Sinfonia Concertante
Grade 6
​Performance Edition(s): Boosey (Rostropovich)
Note: Read my article about the musical text in Prokofiev's manuscript.

Prokofiev
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rostropovich), Peters (Rostropovich)
Note: Absolutely avoid getting the Sikorski edition! Here is my article explaining the reasons.

Rachmaninov
Sonata for Piano and Cello, Op. 19
Grade 5
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
First Edition: Gutheil (reprinted by Boosey, IMC, Jurgenson)
Note: None of the major publishers get it right with this edition. Expect misprints. YL Edition offers a corrected cello part at my website store. I wrote an article about the deficiencies in the current editions.

Rachmaninov
Vocalise, Op. 34/14
Grade 4
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rose)
Note: The Vocalise is the last in a set of 14 Romances that are all well worth exploring. Op. 4 Romances also work great on cello.

Reger
3 Suites, Op. 131c
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Ginzel), IMC (Kurtz)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle

Romberg
Sonata Op. 43/1
Grade 2
Performance Edition(s): IMC, YL Edition (Romberg)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: Romberg's sonatas Op. 43 were composed as pedagogical pieces for 2 cellos (student and teacher). Jansen of the IMC edition was a pianist, not a cellist. The old IMC edition actually has Romberg's fingerings and bowings for the most part. The new IMC (Solow) edition leaves the poorly written piano part and adds a poor engraving on top of that.

Romberg
Sonata Op. 43/2
Grade 3
​Performance Edition(s): IMC, YL Edition (Romberg)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: Romberg's sonatas Op. 43 were composed as pedagogical pieces for 2 cellos (student and teacher). Jansen of the IMC edition was a pianist, not a cellist. The old IMC edition actually has Romberg's fingerings and bowings for the most part. The new IMC (Solow) edition leaves the poorly written piano part and adds a poor engraving on top of that.

Romberg 
Sonata Op. 43/3
Grade 4
​Performance Edition(s): IMC, YL Edition (Romberg) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition 
Note: Romberg's sonatas Op. 43 were composed as pedagogical pieces for 2 cellos (student and teacher). Jansen of the IMC edition was a pianist, not a cellist. The old IMC edition actually has Romberg's fingerings and bowings for the most part. The new IMC (Solow) edition leaves the poorly written piano part and adds a poor engraving on top of that.

Romberg
Sonata Op. 38/1 (Trio)
Grade 3
​Performance Edition(s):  IMC, YL Edition (Romberg) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: Romberg's sonatas Op. 38 were composed as pedagogical pieces for 2 cellos and viola. Jansen of the IMC edition was a pianist, not a cellist. The old IMC edition actually has Romberg's fingerings and bowings for the most part. The new IMC (Solow) edition leaves the poorly written piano part and adds a poor engraving on top of that.

Romberg
Sonatas Op. 38/2-3
Grade 4
​Performance Edition(s):  IMC, YL Edition (Romberg)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: Romberg's sonatas Op. 38 were composed as pedagogical pieces for 2 cellos and viola. Jansen of the IMC edition was a pianist, not a cellist. The old IMC edition actually has Romberg's fingerings and bowings for the most part. The new IMC (Solow) edition leaves the poorly written piano part and adds a poor engraving on top of that.

Saint-Saens
Allegro Appassionato
Grade 3-4
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fisher (as part of 15 Contest Pieces), Henle (Geringas), IMC (Rose)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle, YL Edition
Notes: This work also appears in the Saint-Saens collection published by Faber with Isserlis's markings. It wouldn't be my top choice, but the preface has some good information.

Saint-Saens 
Concerto No. 1 
Grade 5  
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer (Malkin), Henle (Geringas), IMC (Rose)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle
Note: Carl Fischer and IMC are only good for fingerings and bowings.

Saint-Saens 
Concerto No. 2 
Grade 6 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition (first edition with modern clefs)
Note: Read my article about this edition.

Saint-Saens
Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello, Op. 32
Grade 4
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Geringas), IMC
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle
Note: The Durand edition on IMSLP is a great option.

Saint-Saens 
Sonata No. 2 for Piano and Cello, Op. 123
Grade 4 
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Geringas)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle
Note: The Durand edition on IMSLP is a great option.

Saint-Saens
Suite Op. 16b
Grade 5
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: Read my article about the YL Edition. You may purchase a copy at my website store. Absolutely avoid getting the Schott (Kliegel) edition of this work because it is full of errors and is poorly engraved. The same warning extends to Romance, Op. 67 published by Schott.

Saint-Saens 
The Swan 
Grade 3 
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fisher (as part of 15 Contest Pieces), Henle (Geringas), IMC (Rose) 
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle, YL Edition
Notes: This work also appears in the Saint-Saens collection published by Faber with Isserlis's markings. It wouldn't be my top choice, but the preface has some good information.

Schubert
Sonata "Arpeggione" for Cello and Piano
Grade 6
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Ginzel), IMC (Rose)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Barenreiter, Henle, YL Edition
Note: Henle and YL Edition are the most cello-friendly editions.

Schumann
Fantasiestücke for Piano and Cello, Op. 73
Grade 4
​Performance Edition(s): Henle (Ginzel), Peters (Grützmacher)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle

Schumann
Concerto, Op. 129
Grade 6
​Performance Edition(s): Breitkopf (Klengel), Breitkopf Urtext (Schiff), Carl Fischer (Feuermann), IMC (Rose)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Breitkopf, YL Edition
Note: Only the YL Edition contains a clean cello solo part without markings. Avoid the new Peters "Urtext" edition edited by Josephine Knight. It's carelessly researched, mostly acting on inexperienced impulse. There is no scholarship behind this edition.

Servais
6 Caprices, Op. 11 (2nd cello ad lib.)
Grade 6
Performance Edition(s): Gérard Billaudot (Tournus, with new piano part), IMC (Becker), Schott (Becker), Ricordi (Filippini)
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
First Edition: Schott (Servais, 1852)

Servais 
Souvenir de Spa
Grade 6 
Performance Edition(s): IMC (Stutch)
​​​​​​​Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
First Edition: Schott, Richault

Ševčík
40 Variations, Op. 3 (Bowing Technique)
Grades 3 and 4
​Performance Edition(s): Bosworth (arr. Feuillard)
Note: Whether you buy it or download it from IMSLP, the music is the same. There are the same note mistakes in both. For example, Variation 17, m. 15, note 1 needs to be a B-natural, not B-flat. Many teachers will have this kind of thing marked in their music if they taught these etudes for any length of time.

Shostakovich
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 40
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): DSCH (Rostropovich?) IMC (Rose), Peters (Rostropovich)
​​​​​​​Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
​​​​​​​Note: Read my article about the questionable authenticity of the DSCH edition.

Shostakovich
Concerto No. 1
Grade 6
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rostropovich)
​​​​​​​Urtext/Critical Edition(s): DSCH
Note: Avoid getting the Sikorski edition because of poor engraving and glossy paper.

Shostakovich 
Concerto No. 2
Grade 6
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rostropovich)
​​​​​​​Urtext/Critical Edition(s): DSCH
Note: Avoid getting the Sikorski edition because of poor engraving and glossy paper.

Squire
Danse Rustique, Op. 20/5
Grade 2
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer

Squire
Bourree, Op. 24
Grade 3
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer
Note: Stylistically, this piece is a gavotte, not a bourree. This piece is also in the 15 Contest Pieces collection.

Squire
Tarantella, Op. 23
Grade 3
​Performance Edition(s): Carl Fischer

Strauss
Don Quixote
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rose), Masters Music (Colon), Peters
Note: There is a real need for a critical edition for this work. You might use Masters Music (Colon) for fingerings and bowings, but the engraving is of very poor quality. The Vaught edition is also of poor quality.

Strauss
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6
Grade 5
Performance Edition(s): Henle (Moser), IMC (Rose)
​​​​​​​Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Henle, Schott (complete edition sonata volume for €270.00)
First Edition: Aibl (reprinted by Universal)
Note: Get the IMC (best deal), or download the Aibl from IMSLP. I don't think Henle is worth 2x the price of IMC. There is nothing controversial about this work. Be careful not to buy the Schott "1st Version."

Stravinsky
Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Boosey (Piatigorsky)
Note: Read my article about the reliability of the Boosey edition.
 

Tchaikovsky
Rococo Variations
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Fitzenhagen-Rose), Simrock (Fitzenhagen-Geringas)
​​​​​​​Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition - Original and Standard, Peters (Wallfisch, spurious), Schott (spurious)
Note: Read my article about the YL Edition. Peters and Schott are both based mostly on the Kubatsky revision and not the manuscripts. IMC also has many mistakes. The autograph manuscript is available on IMSLP; compare for yourself.

Tchaikovsky
Pezzo Capriccioso
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): IMC
Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: Don't get the Schott (Gendron) Edition. It's a different piece. If you are interested in something closer to the original version, write me a note and I will send you a hybrid version (something closer to what Wallfisch and Isserlis play). 

Telemann
Gamba Fantasias
Grades 4 and 5 
​Performance Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: You may read about this transcription and purchase it at my website store.

Vivaldi
9 Sonatas for Cello and Basso Continuo
Grade 3 
​Performance Edition(s): IMC (Rose), Schirmer (Graudan)
​​​​​​​Urtext/Critical Edition(s): Wiener Urtext
Note: I cannot recommend the Barenreiter edition because it contains multiple errors in the bass realization; the editor says that she will not fix the mistakes in the realization.

Walton
Concerto
Grade 6 
​Performance Edition(s): Oxford (Piatigorsky)
Note: This edition has been recently updated to include an alternative ending.

Weber
Grand Potpourri, Op. 20
Grade 5
​Performance Edition(s): YL Edition
​​​​​​​Urtext/Critical Edition(s): YL Edition
Note: Read my article about the YL Edition. You may purchase a copy at my website store. Absolutely avoid getting the Kunzelmann (Beyer) edition of this work because it is full of errors and is poorly engraved.

9 comments

  • Alberto
    Alberto Columbia, SC
    Hi Juiry, This is so great!, I was just curious on why you don't recommend de Talle edition for the bach suites?, I'm currently playing the fifth suite. Thank you!

    Hi Juiry,

    This is so great!, I was just curious on why you don't recommend de Talle edition for the bach suites?, I'm currently playing the fifth suite. Thank you!

  • Alberto
    Alberto Columbia, SC
    Hello Yuriy(autocorrector failed me) Thanks for the answer!, I really appreciate it. I thought it was a interesting take to see the lute part as a source, again thanks for the answer, I'll keep digging.

    Hello Yuriy(autocorrector failed me)

    Thanks for the answer!, I really appreciate it. I thought it was a interesting take to see the lute part as a source, again thanks for the answer, I'll keep digging.

  • Nathalie
    Nathalie Malaysia
    Hi Yuriy, I'd like to know what do you think of the Schumann cello concerto Grützmacher edition, I'm currently struggling with researches...

    Hi Yuriy, I'd like to know what do you think of the Schumann cello concerto Grützmacher edition, I'm currently struggling with researches...

  • Yuriy Leonovich
    Yuriy Leonovich
    Nathalie, Grutzmacher's Schumann Concerto is good if you like Grutzmacher's fingerings. If you play the main text (not ossia), it's Schumann's. You can get it on IMSLP: https://imslp.org/wiki/Cello_Concerto,_Op.129_(Schumann,_Robert) under the Arrangements and Transcriptions tab.

    Nathalie, Grutzmacher's Schumann Concerto is good if you like Grutzmacher's fingerings. If you play the main text (not ossia), it's Schumann's. You can get it on IMSLP: https://imslp.org/wiki/Cello_Concerto,_Op.129_(Schumann,_Robert) under the Arrangements and Transcriptions tab.

  • Nathalie
    Nathalie Malaysia
    Thank you for your reply Yuriy! I saw your edition of Schumann cello concerto, and find it different from both the Grutzmacher's and Clara's, I'm so confused...why is there so many Schumann?? (I'm being very careful because I'm the unfortunate one who bought Peters (Josephine Knight) edition, feel so cheated). By the way I can't find the first edition, may I know where did you view it? Thank You.

    Thank you for your reply Yuriy! I saw your edition of Schumann cello concerto, and find it different from both the Grutzmacher's and Clara's, I'm so confused...why is there so many Schumann?? (I'm being very careful because I'm the unfortunate one who bought Peters (Josephine Knight) edition, feel so cheated). By the way I can't find the first edition, may I know where did you view it?
    Thank You.

  • Yuriy Leonovich
    Yuriy Leonovich
    I'm sorry you got burned by the new Peters edition. It's completely misguided. I posted the first edition on IMSLP. It's 3 below the Grutzmacher, the Robert Emile Bockmühl edition. The cello part in that piano score is the first edition. The piano part is Schumann's too. It was published in Schumann's lifetime. You would not be wrong to use Grutzmacher, Klengel, Feuermann or Rose (leave the added cadenzas out). There's nothing in these editions that would lead you astray.

    I'm sorry you got burned by the new Peters edition. It's completely misguided. I posted the first edition on IMSLP. It's 3 below the Grutzmacher, the Robert Emile Bockmühl edition. The cello part in that piano score is the first edition. The piano part is Schumann's too. It was published in Schumann's lifetime.

    You would not be wrong to use Grutzmacher, Klengel, Feuermann or Rose (leave the added cadenzas out). There's nothing in these editions that would lead you astray.

  • Nathalie
    Nathalie Malaysia
    Thank you for your reply again. The more I search, the more question I have! When will it end... These editions markings of dynamics and accents are the same, but the slurs marking is different, why? Bar 5 and 6, the beginning of cello solo already have differences between editions. Your edition, Clara, Bockmühl, Grutzmacher and Breitkopf edition slurred the two bars notes (E-A-B) together, but Klengel and Feuermann edition only slur the second bar notes (A-B). At bar 7, your edition, Clara, Bockmühl and Breitkopf edition slurred all the notes (C-A-E-C-F-E) together, but Grutzmacher, Klengel and Feuermann edition have two slurs in that bar, 4 notes in first slur (C-A-E-C) and 2 notes in the second (F-E). Why do the slurs differ? Is this how it should be? Which is the correct one? Looking forward to your reply, thank you.

    Thank you for your reply again. The more I search, the more question I have! When will it end...
    These editions markings of dynamics and accents are the same, but the slurs marking is different, why?
    Bar 5 and 6, the beginning of cello solo already have differences between editions. Your edition, Clara, Bockmühl, Grutzmacher and Breitkopf edition slurred the two bars notes (E-A-B) together, but Klengel and Feuermann edition only slur the second bar notes (A-B).
    At bar 7, your edition, Clara, Bockmühl and Breitkopf edition slurred all the notes (C-A-E-C-F-E) together, but Grutzmacher, Klengel and Feuermann edition have two slurs in that bar, 4 notes in first slur (C-A-E-C) and 2 notes in the second (F-E).
    Why do the slurs differ? Is this how it should be? Which is the correct one?
    Looking forward to your reply, thank you.

  • Yuriy Leonovich
    Yuriy Leonovich
    Nathalie, the slurring in performance editions is different than the ones in the Urtext/Critical editions. When I perform the Schumann concerto or any other piece for that matter, I usually don't follow the composer's slurring. You should look into the differences between slurs as bowings and slurs as phrase markings. There is an active debate over that, especially in the music of Brahms. My suggestion to you would be to take a step back and look at the performance practice of romantic string music. You might profit from connecting with Kate Bennett Wadsworth who is actively researching this topic.

    Nathalie, the slurring in performance editions is different than the ones in the Urtext/Critical editions. When I perform the Schumann concerto or any other piece for that matter, I usually don't follow the composer's slurring. You should look into the differences between slurs as bowings and slurs as phrase markings. There is an active debate over that, especially in the music of Brahms. My suggestion to you would be to take a step back and look at the performance practice of romantic string music. You might profit from connecting with Kate Bennett Wadsworth who is actively researching this topic.

  • Nathalie
    Nathalie Malaysia
    Thank you Yuriy, I will definitely work on your suggestions!

    Thank you Yuriy, I will definitely work on your suggestions!

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