Poster Art from "A Cello Named Pablo."
This is the story of "A Cello Named Pablo."
Illustration by Avi Katz
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A Cello Named Pablo

YourClassical Storytime: A Cello Named Pablo

Once upon a time, 300 years ago, a beautiful cello was created by a master craftsman. This wonderful instrument eventually ended up in the gifted hands of one of the greatest cellists in history, Pablo Casals. Soon, the cello became known as Pablo, too.

This is the story of A Cello Named Pablo. Listen as modern musician Amit Peled tells how he came to play Casals' favorite instrument.

It's the latest episode of YourClassical Storytime, featuring an original story written by Marni Fogelson and illustrations by Avi Katz. (See more of his illustrations in the gallery below.)

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Our telling of A Cello Named Pablo includes excerpts from the following works and recordings:

Peter Tchaikovsky: "October (Autumn)" from The Seasons
Pablo Casals, cello; Walter Golde, piano
Naxos 110987

Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei
Pablo Casals, cello; Edouard Gendron, piano
Naxos 110987

J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 — Bourree I
Pablo Casals, cello
Music & Arts 1113

All above courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 — Prelude and Courante
Cello Suite No. 2 — Prelude
Cello Suite No. 3 — Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Bourree I and Gigue
Amit Peled, cello
CTM Classics


Storyteller: Amit Peled
Story: Marni Fogelson
Illustrations: Avi Katz
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

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