Count Nikolaus Zmeskall von Domanovecz
(20 November 1759 – 23 June 1833)
Hungarian Court Chancellery official and cellist friend of Beethoven
Beethoven wrote his Duet with two obbligato eyeglasses for them to play together. (They both wore eyeglasses.) Here is a recording of this duet recorded by violist William Primrose and cellist Emanuel Feuermann:
(20 November 1921 – 17 November 1998)
Swiss composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher
Here is a 1989 live recording of his Cello Concerto made by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and the Collegium Musicum of Zurich conducted by Paul Sacher:
Here is a recording of him playing the Gigue from Bach Suite No. 6:
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