A SR Tribute to Erling Blondal Bengtsson - Swedish Radio Recordings 1957-80
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The distinguished Danish cellist Erling Blondal Bengtsson adds to his considerable discography with performances of mainly Swedish diverse and approachable twentieth-century works for cello. These archive recordings from Swedish Radio are issued here for the first time ever. Erling Blondal Bengtsson gave his first public performance in Copenhagen, where he was born, in 1936 when he was only four years old. When he was sixteen, he was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied under Gregor Piatigorsky. From 1950 to 1953 he taught his own cello class at the Institute, before being appointed to the Royal Danish Academy of Music.He was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and was conferred the title Chevalier du Violoncelle by Indiana University in 1993. His large discography contains recordings that remain the go-to references for pieces in the cello canon.
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