Notes and Editorial Reviews
The first son of a Polish–Jewish immigrant, the Danish composer and pianist Herman Koppel (1908-98) was born in Copenhagen. He studied music there, and had encouragement from Carl Nielsen, whose piano music he performed. He spent time in Berlin and Paris and was active in chamber music with his brother Julius, a founder of the quartet that bore his name, and his violinist sister-in-law. During the German occupation Koppel took refuge in Sweden, returning home in 1945 to resume a distinguished and musically varied career.
When Herman Koppel began writing his cello works in the 1950s a brand new Danish cello repertoire was born. In Denmark and among modern cellists and scholars internationally, Koppel’s cello works are modern
classics of Nordic music, full of power and beauty. For this CD release the cellist Morten Zeuthen has also asked Koppel's grandson, the jazz musician Benjamin Koppel, to write a new cello work. The result is an exploratory, demanding solo piece quite in the spirit of Herman Koppel.
Works on This Recording
Suite for Cello, Op. 86 by Herman D. Koppel
Morten Zeuthen (Cello)
Period: 20th Century
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