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Bohemian cellist and composer David Popper was born into a Jewish family in Prague on 16 June 1843. He studied cello with Julius Goltermann, began touring in 1863 and was noticed by Hans von Bülow and recommended for a job.
He gave the first performance of Robert Volkmann's Cello Concerto and wrote four cello concertos and a Requiem for three cellos and orchestra himself, amongst other works.
David Popper died in Baden bei Wien, Austria on 7 August 1913, aged seventy.
Ensemble. Two Young Stars in the Musical Firmament - Giuseppe Pennisi listens to cellist Zlatomir Fung and pianist Richard Fu
CD Spotlight. Beautifully Realized - Richard Harwood's EMI debut, heard by the late Howard Smith. 'Harwood never once strives for effect ...'
CD Spotlight. Likeable Discs - Music for cello and piano, heard by Howard Smith. '... affectionately presented throughout.'
CD Spotlight. Rare Multi-Tasking - Marta Bagratuni plays and sings, heard by Howard Smith. '... music of notable sensitivity and fine tonality.'
Ensemble. Special Musical Connections - Bill Newman attends a fundraising concert for the Raphael Sommer Foundation
CD Spotlight. Sterling Playing - Wendy Warner's interpretations of Popper and Piatigorsky, heard by Howard Smith. '... sovereign music-making deserving of the highest accolades.'
Ensemble. Clarity of Texture - Lawrence Budmen listens to the Remenyi Ede Chamber Orchestra