Popper: Complete Cello Concertos (CD)

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Martin Rummel, Mari Kato, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, Tecwyn Evans

David Popper was one of the most important cellists of the 19th century and is remembered for the etudes of his High School of Cello Playing. Popper premiered chamber works by Brahms and championed Schumann’s Cello Concerto, and his own four concertos span an illustrious 50-year career. Each shares a lyrical Romantic spirit: the playful First Concerto, an enjoyable prelude to the more dramatic and virtuosic Second, and the single-movement Third, a masterpiece in melodic compactness. The Fourth Concerto was dedicated to ‘my great colleague’ Alfredo Piatti and is recorded here in its version with piano.

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David Popper

Cello Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 8
1. I. Frisch und feurig
2. II. Andante maestoso
3. III. Lebhaft, quasi recitativo - Tempo di Polacca

Cello Concerto No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 24
4. I. Allegro moderato
5. II. Andante
6. III. Allegro molto moderato

7. Cello Concerto No. 3 in G Major, Op. 59

Cello Concerto No. 4 in B Minor, Op. 72 (version for cello and piano)
8. I. Allegro moderato
9. II. Lento assai
10. III. Scherzo: Allegro ma non troppo
11. IV. Allegro non troppo