Bernhard Romberg, 5

In 1805 Romberg was a court musician in the Berlin Chapel where he often performed with Duport. He also performed as a soloist at public concerts and in salons, enjoying remarkable success. In his autobiography, Ludwig Spohr wrote about his encounter with the cellist at one of the musical sessions at the home of Prince Anton Radziwill:

"Romberg, who was in flower of his virtuosity at that time, played one of his quartets with cello obligato. I heard him for the first time, and was delighted by his recital." Romberg did tours of other German towns, particularly Leipzig, where he used to appear in the Gewandhaus. At the same time (1807) the famous German music critic Johann Friedrich Rochlitz published a review of one of Romberg's recitals, in which he said:

". . . owing to his deep and courageously noble sentiment, to his taste-versatile, but devoted only to the deserving-to his well-tried, reliable and profound art ... Romberg is today proclaimed by the entire musical world . . . the most accomplished of all living violoncellists ... Since the time of Mozart, the most discerning audience has never been as greatly enraptured by any other artist, both as a performer and a composer ..."

Soon Romberg had to leave Berlin, as life in Prussia became unbearable for him-the Tilsit peace agreement greatly worsened the situation in the country. At the end of 1807 Romberg came to southern Russia following concert tours in Germany and Poland. From the beginning of 1809 until the spring of 1813, his concert appearances in St. Petersburg, Moscow and provincial towns were an uninterrupted succession of triumphs. Equally successful concert performances in many European cities followed. Many reviews of his Berlin concerts in 1813-1815 confirm that Romberg was at the peak of his artistic mastery at the time.

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