DAVID POPPER (1843-1913): Cello Concertos No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 8, No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 24 and No. 3 in G, Op. 59.
Catalogue Number: 09Q003
Reference: 777 821-2
Description: Although we once offered a very hard-to-get Czech import on a now-vanished label with two of these concertos, this is the only place to find No. 3. One can see Popper mature between the 1868 No. 1, polished and very technically demanding but not very personal, and the mature No. 2 of 1880, a brilliant and personal work which is compelling from its first notes. The Third is unusual in form: a ten-minute, single-movement piece apparently composed for a private event in 1888, which is unique in its own way and just as attractive as its predecessor. Wen-Sinn Yang (cello), Cologne Radio Studio Orchestra; Niklas Willén.