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Popper: 'Complete Suites for Cello'

Magazine article Gramophone

Popper: 'Complete Suites for Cello'

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'Complete Suites for Cello'

Suite for Two Cellos, Op 16. Tempo di marcia--Op 16a; Op 16albis. Waltz Suite, Op 60. Suite, Op 69. Suite, Op 16 bis. Im Walde. Requiem, Op 66

Alexander Hiilshoff, Martin Rummel, Bertin Christelbauer vcs Mari Kato pf

Paladino [M] [2] PMR0007 (110' * DDD)

David Popper (1843-1913) was a Bohemian cellist whose work as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher was lauded all over Europe during his lifetime. Since his death, though, it has been largely forgotten, which may have something to do with the substantive part of his music being more defined by the cult of personality that followed him wherever he went than the depth of the music itself.

Popper's work is largely Classical in style --more Haydn than the Brahms or even Sarasate that it probably ought to have been. Although the cello works are a combination of either studies for aspiring cellists or virtuoso pieces for display purposes, fundamentally they are most at home in the salon. …

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