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Alfredo Piatti. 12 Cello Caprices, op. 25.
Elibron Classics, 2001, 45 pages

 

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Alfredo Piatti (1822 - 1901)
The cellist Alfredo Piatti made his concert debut at 15 and started touring at 16. No one doubted the young virtuoso's skill on the instrument, but he did not draw large crowds. As a result, when Piatti fell ill during an engagement, he was forced to sell his cello to cover the medical costs. Hearing of the young man's plight, Franz Liszt invited him to appear as a guest performer at one of his recitals; stunned by what the boy could do on a borrowed cello, Liszt presented him with a superb new instrument. Piatti went on to become one of the most celebrated cellists of his day, as popular for the pieces he wrote as for the robust and unsentimental way he performed them.

 

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