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DAVID POPPER  

(1843 - 1913)

The cellist David Popper was born in Prague in 1843, the son of the Prague Cantor. He studied the cello there under the Hamburg cellist Julius Goltermann, who had taken up an appointment at the Prague Conservatory in 1850. It was through Liszt’s then son-in-law, the pianist and conductor Hans von Bülow, that Popper was recommended in 1863 to a position as Chamber Virtuoso at the court of the Prince Friedrich Wilhelm Konstantin von Hohenzollern, who had had a new residence with a concert hall built at Löwenberg. The musical establishment there was disbanded, however, in 1869, on the death of the Prince.

In 1867 Popper made his début in Vienna and the following year was appointed principal cellist at the Court Opera, serving also for a time as cellist in the Hellmesberger Quartet. In 1872 he married Liszt’s pupil Sophie Menter, described by her teacher as his only legitimate daughter as a pianist and the greatest woman pianist of the age, later to join the staff of the St Petersburg Conservatory. The following year they left Vienna to embark on a series of concert tours throughout Europe, and in 1882 he undertook a tour of Spain and Portugal with the French violinist Emil Sauret. His marriage was dissolved in 1886, the year Liszt died during a reluctant stay in Bayreuth. Sophie Menter and her friends visited him there as his life drew to a close.

In 1896 Popper settled in Budapest to teach at the Conservatory that Liszt had established there, serving for a time as cellist in the quartet led by Jenö Hubay, the son of the first head of the Conservatory string department, who had inherited his father’s position as professor of violin in 1886. In the same year Popper joined Hubay and Brahms in a performance in Budapest of the latter’s Piano Trio in C minor, continuing an earlier connection with the composer. Popper died at Baden, near Vienna, in 1913.

As a composer Popper is remembered for his compositions for cello. These include four concertos, now seldom heard in the concert hall, and, better known, a number of salon pieces. His studies remain well enough known to aspirant cellists, while his other works include compositions that give an opportunity for virtuosic display.

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The Seasons Naxos 8.504038

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Catalogue No  Work Category 
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 1 (1925-1928) Naxos Historical
8.110972
Chamber Music
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 2 (1927-1930) Naxos Historical
8.110976
Chamber Music
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 3: Complete Acoustic Recordings, Part 1 (1915-1916) Naxos Historical
8.110985
Chamber Music
CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 5: Complete Acoustic Recordings, Part 3 (1920-1924) Naxos Historical
8.110987
Chamber Music
CELLO MOMENTS Naxos
8.557995
Concertos
Cello Music - PACHELBEL, J. / VIVALDI, A. / ALBINONI, T. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N. / RACHMANINOV, S. (The Sound of Cellos) (Yale Cellos) Delos
DE3042
Chamber Music, Instrumental
Cello Recital: Hai-ye Ni Marco Polo
8.225941
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Hai-Ye Ni Naxos
8.554356
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Kosower, Mark - BARTOK, B. / DOHNANYI, E. / KODALY, Z. / LISZT, F. / (Hungarian Music for Cello and Piano) Naxos
8.570570
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Schiefen, Guido - RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N. / SAINT-SAENS, C. / FRESCOBALDI, G. / RAVEL, M. (Hummelflug and Other Cello Delights) Oehms Classics
OC368
Chamber Music
CHILDREN'S CELLO BIS
BIS-CD-1562
Chamber Music
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2008 International Edition) Naxos
8.578019-20
Concertos
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - Music to Make Children Brighter (2009 Hong Kong Edition) Naxos
8.578057-58
Concertos
COCKTAIL CLASSICS Delos
DE1611
Chamber Music
COPLAND, A.: Pastorale / LOEWE, F.: Before I Gaze at You Again / POPPER, D.: Nocturne / CHOPIN, F.: Nocturne No. 8 (Intimate Encounters) Delos
DE3505
Chamber Music
DE LYSE NAETTER - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er (The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs) Naxos
8.503148DK
Concertos
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 6 (A Dorian Banquet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90006
Chamber Music
ENGINEER'S CHOICE Delos
DE3506
Chamber Music
Grand Tango and Other Dances for Cello and Piano (Le) Naxos
8.550785
Chamber Music
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Kinderszenen Naxos
8.551334-35
Concertos
LA CELLISSIMA Naxos
8.551094
Concertos
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Cello Sonata No. 2 / BEN-HAIM, P.: Songs without Words (The Cantorial Voice of the Cello) (Bloemendal, Diaz, Mark, Tryon) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90208
Chamber Music
MYSTERY OF AUTUMN (THE) Naxos
8.557791
Orchestral
POPPER, D.: Cello Music (Romantic Cello Favorites) (Starker) Delos
DE3065
Chamber Music
POPPER, D.: Cello Suites (Complete) (Hülshoff, Rummel, Mari Kato) Paladino Music
PMR0007
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
POPPER, D.: High School of Cello Playing, Op. 73 (Yablonsky) Naxos
8.557718-19
Instrumental
POPPER, D.: Suite for Cello and Piano / 3 Pieces / Im Walde / PIATIGORSKY, G.: Variations on a Theme of Paganini (W. Warner, E. Buck) Cedille
CDR90000-111
Chamber Music
POPPER: Romantic Cello Showpieces Naxos
8.554657
Concertos, Orchestral
SAINT-SAENS / TCHAIKOVSKY / RACHMANINOV: Popular and Serious Music for Cello and Piano BIS
BIS-CD-72
Chamber Music
STILLA VITA NATTER - Serenad - Liten kvallsmusik (Tranquil White Nights - Serenade - Little Night Music) Naxos
8.570394
Concertos
VIRTUOSO CELLO ENCORES Naxos
8.557943
Chamber Music
Virtuoso Cello Encores (Kliegel) Marco Polo
8.223403
Chamber Music
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