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 Classical Kids Storytime, featuring an original story written by Marni Fogelson and illustrations by Avi Katz. (See more of his illustrations in the gallery below.)
Click the player above or YouTube video below to listen, or download the story to your own device for easy playback at any time.
Podcast: Now available on iTunes!
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
Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei
Pablo Casals, cello; Edouard Gendron, piano
J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 Bourree I
Pablo Casals, cello
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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
CreditsStoryteller: Amit Peled
Story: Marni Fogelson
Illustrations: Avi Katz
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher
Book and CD giveaway
You can enter for a chance to win a copy of the book A Cello Named Pablo, signed by cellist Amit Peled, or one of five copies of his Bach Suites CD, featuring music used in this Classical Kids Storytime episode. Winners will be drawn at random. Be sure to enter by 11:59 p.m. central on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. And don't forget to check the box to subscribe to the Daily Download newsletter so you never miss a free classical track every weekday.