David Popper : Hungarian Rhapsodies for Cello & Piano (or Orchestra) Op.68
大衛•波佩爾 : 為大提琴與鋼琴(或管弦樂團)所作的匈牙利狂想曲Op.68
Cello : Kian Soltani
Piano : Megumi Hashiba
David Popper (June 16, 1843 – August 7, 1913) was a Bohemian cellist and composer.
Popper was born in Prague, and studied music at the Prague Conservatory. His family was Jewish. He studied the cello under Julius Goltermann (1825–1876), and soon attracted attention. He made his first tour in 1863; in Germany he was praised by Hans von Bülow, son-in-law of Franz Liszt, who recommended him as Chamber Virtuoso in the court of Prince von Hohenzollern-Hechingen in Löwenberg. In 1864, he premiered Robert Volkmann's Cello Concerto in A minor,Op.33, with Hans von Bülow conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.
He lost this job a couple of years later due to the prince's death.
He made his debut in Vienna in 1867, and was made principal cellist at the Hofoper. From 1868 to 1870 he was also a member of the Hellmesberger Quartet. In 1872, he married pianist Sophie Menter, a pupil of Liszt. She later joined the staff at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 1873, Popper resigned from his post at the Hofoper so as to continue his tours with his wife on a larger scale, giving concerts throughout Europe. Popper's and Menter's marriage was dissolved in 1886.
That year, Liszt recommended Popper for a teaching position at the newly opened string department at the Conservatory at Budapest. In Budapest, he participated in the Budapest Quartet with Jenő Hubay. He and Hubay performed chamber music on more than one occasion with Johannes Brahms, including the premiere of Brahms's Piano Trio No.3 in Budapest, on December 20, 1886. Popper died in Baden, near Vienna.