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Casals: 4 CD Special [Box Set]
     

Casals: 4 CD Special [Box Set]

by Pablo Casals
 
Who should listen to the performances made by cellist Pablo Casals on this four-disc set of recordings from the late '20s and early '30s? Pretty much anybody who hasn't already heard them, that's who. With his muscular technique, singing tone, and immense soulfulness, Casals was beyond all argument the greatest cellist of the first half of the twentieth century and

Overview

Who should listen to the performances made by cellist Pablo Casals on this four-disc set of recordings from the late '20s and early '30s? Pretty much anybody who hasn't already heard them, that's who. With his muscular technique, singing tone, and immense soulfulness, Casals was beyond all argument the greatest cellist of the first half of the twentieth century and these recordings come as close to being definitive as any recording can come. Listen to Casals' 1930 recording of the Allegro ma non tanto from Beethoven's "A major Sonata" with pianist Otto Schulhof, to the ease of technique, the depth of tone, and the unfathomable profundity. Listen to Casals' 1937 recording of the Allegro from Dvorák's "Cello Concerto" with George Szell conducting the Czech Philharmonic, to the power of technique, the strength of tone and the affecting humanity. Listen to Casals' 1929 recording of the Andante from Brahms' "Double Concerto" with violinist Jacques Thibaud and Alfred Cortot conducting the Pablo Casals Orchestra of Barcelona; to the unanimity between Casals and Thibaud; to the sympathy between Casals, Thibaud, and Cortot; and especially to the wholeness of concept between the soloists and orchestra. This is playing of the highest order and few cellists have ever equaled much less surpassed it. Pearl's sound is clean and clear but shows its age in surface noise and restricted dynamics.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1993
Label:
Pearl
UPC:
0727031993520
catalogNumber:
9935

Tracks

  1. Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Mieczyslaw Horszowski
  2. Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Mieczyslaw Horszowski
  3. Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Otto Schulhof
  4. Sonata for cello & piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102/1  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Mieczyslaw Horszowski
  5. Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Mieczyslaw Horszowski
  6. Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Alfred Cortot
  7. Minuets (6) for piano (or orchestra), WoO 10: No. 2. Minuet in G  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Otto Schulhof
  8. Sonata for Cello & Piano No. 2 in F major, Op. 99  - Johannes Brahms  - Pablo Casals  - Mieczyslaw Horszowski
  9. Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra in A minor ("Double"), Op. 102  - Johannes Brahms  - Pablo Casals  - Alfred Cortot  - Jacques Thibaud  -  Pablo Casals Orchestra
  10. Keyboard Sonata in C major, H. 16/1 (probably spurious): Tempo di Minuetto  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Pablo Casals  - Blas Net
  11. Sonata for cello & continuo in A major: Adagio and Allegro  - Luigi Boccherini  - Pablo Casals  - Blas Net
  12. Cello Concerto in B flat major (arranged by Friedrich Grützmacher)  - Luigi Boccherini  - Landon Ronald  - Pablo Casals  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  13. Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47  - Max Bruch  - Landon Ronald  - Pablo Casals  -  London Symphony Orchestra
  14. Cello Concerto in B minor, B. 191 (Op. 104)  - Antonin Dvorák  - George Szell  - Pablo Casals  -  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

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