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Herman D. Koppel was probably the first leading Danish composer to take a serious interest in the cello as a solo instrument. When he began writing his cello works in the 1950s, a brand new Danish cello repertoire was born. 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 grandchild, 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 D. Koppel but with elements of jazz thrown in too - The result is far from lush crossover lounge music, it is bold, demanding, Nordic and infectious.
Herman D. Koppel: Ternio, Op. 53
II. Tempo di passacaglia
III. Allegro giocoso
Herman D. Koppel: Introduction, Theme with Variation and Epilogue, Op. 85
Herman D. Koppel: Cello Sonata, Op. 62
III. Allegro con brio
Benjamin Koppel: Professor Herman's Cellistic Imaginarium