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David Popper (1843-1913): Works for Cello & Orchestra - Suite, Op. 50; Cello Concerto No. 2 et al. / Antonio Meneses, cello

Album Summary

>Popper, David : Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 24
>Popper, David : Im Walde, Op. 50
>Popper, David : Le Papillon for cello & piano, Op 3/4
>Popper, David : Tarantella for cello & piano, Op 33
>Popper, David : Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Piano, Op. 68
>Popper, David : Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39
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Notes & Reviews:

Newly reissued by Pan Classics, these mid-1990 recordings of music for cello and orchestra by the once exceedingly popular 19th c. composer and virtuoso cellist David Popper (1843-1913) were undertaken by the eminent cellist Antonio Meneses and the Basler Sinfonie-Orchester under the direction of Ronald Zollman. Amidst a selection of virtuosic, shorter works and the six-movement Suite, op. 50 is Popper’s second cello concerto in e, op. 24. Mr. Meneses regularly appears in the music capitals of Europe, the Americas, and Asia as soloist and chamber player, appears at the world’s finest music festivals and claims a distinguished discography, including works by Bach, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Villa-Lobos. Popper’s music is always a means to an end; its charm and innovative impulse lies more in the inspired and technically refined details as in the whole as a compositional work. He was a master of the episodic, even when working in larger form.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Meneses is a fine cellist who plays Popper with attention to his Eastern European background. Im Walde takes us through the woods where we meet gnomes, rain, spring flowers, etc. in a colorfully conceived score lasting 25 minutes - as long as the also lovely concerto. Meneses plays this music with love and brilliance. The orchestra is fine and the sound is rich and clear. For other possibilities see September/October 2014.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grosser Musiksaal, Casino, Basel, Switzerland (09/1994); Volkshaus Basel, Switzerland (09/1994); Grosser Musiksaal, Casino, Basel, Switzerland (11/1994); Volkshaus Basel, Switzerland (11/1994).



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>Popper, David : Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 24
  • Performer: Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ronald Zollman
  • Ensemble: Basler Sinfonie-Orchester
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Popper, David : Im Walde, Op. 50
  • Performer: Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ronald Zollman
  • Running Time: 23 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Popper, David : Le Papillon for cello & piano, Op 3/4
  • Performer: Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ronald Zollman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Popper, David : Tarantella for cello & piano, Op 33
  • Performer: Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ronald Zollman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Popper, David : Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Piano, Op. 68
  • Performer: Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ronald Zollman
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Popper, David : Elfentanz (Dance of the Elves), for cello & piano, Op. 39
  • Performer: Antonio Meneses (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ronald Zollman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881
  • Studio/Live: Live