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At only 18 years old, Gregor Piatigorsky traveled from the USSR to Germany. He studied with Becker and Klengel and found employment playing in a trio in a Russian cafe in Berlin. The cafe was frequented by Feuermann and Furtwängler, who hired him as principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He kept that post until 1929, when at 26 years old he decided to pursue a career as a traveling concert artist. When Richard Strauss heard him, he said, ''I have finally heard my Don Quixote as I thought him to be.'' That same year he made his debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Stowkowski, and the New York Philharmonic with Mengelberg. He loved the United States, and became a citizen in 1942. This tribute program from Praga features Piatigorsky in works by Brahms, Saint-Saëns and Bloch led by legendary maestros Fritz Reiner and Charles Münch.