Thomas Duran, Patrick Robin, 2003

 

Strangely enough, a cellist is never disappointed when he decides to practise Popper's studies. This because beyond allowing him to explore the whole amount a cello can produce, which remains their fundamental target, these Studies will allow him to practise all the elements which constitute the richness of the cello without affectation, so that the frontiers between concert repertory and studies tend to disappear.
 Thanks to its character, its This is why the second Study reminds us of Bach's first Suite , thanks to its tone, the way it involves low-pitch notes as basses, and even the bowing such as it was conceived 100 years ago.
As for the 19th Study, which is called « the Lohengrin Study », it embodies the passage from tiresome triplet arpeggios or scales to the famous awesome excerpt from Wagner's opera, which sounds almost like a peaceful walk !