'''Concerto No. 2 in D Major''' for cello and orchestra, Hob. VIIb/2, Op. 101, was composed in 1783 for Antonín Kraft, a cellist of Prince Nikolaus's Esterházy Orchestra.
The piece's authenticity was doubted for some time, but most experts now believe that the work is indeed authentic after Haydn's autograph score was discovered in 1951.
Although the concerto sounds more relaxed and lyrical than its C major predecessor it is more technically difficult for the soloist.