Casals Festivals at Prades

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In 1950, a group of Pablo Casals' friends came up with the idea of having a Bach festival at Prades, France, in the hope that the great cellist would be tempted to join in. He did, and the Casals Festival was born -- an annual gathering of some of the greatest musicians of the day. This 13-CD set collects performances recorded at the festival between 1953 and 1960, and while the first 8 discs consist of previously released material, the remaining 5 present new discoveries. And the repertory list is predictably mouthwatering, including, for instance, all the Beethoven cello sonatas. Casals 1876–1973 was quite advanced in years at the time of these performances, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
In 1950, a group of Pablo Casals' friends came up with the idea of having a Bach festival at Prades, France, in the hope that the great cellist would be tempted to join in. He did, and the Casals Festival was born -- an annual gathering of some of the greatest musicians of the day. This 13-CD set collects performances recorded at the festival between 1953 and 1960, and while the first 8 discs consist of previously released material, the remaining 5 present new discoveries. And the repertory list is predictably mouthwatering, including, for instance, all the Beethoven cello sonatas. Casals 1876–1973 was quite advanced in years at the time of these performances, and his playing shows signs of strain. Indeed, his interpretations have neither the technical polish one is used to from modern recordings nor the kind of intensity one expects from live concerts. But what marvelous music making it is! It's as if one were sitting in Casals' living room rather than in a concert hall; the sense of friendly give-and-take is palpable. The fluid, relaxed character of the Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat K. 493 is a perfect example of the overall style -- and it should be mentioned that the contribution of William Kapell, who did not record much in the way of chamber music, makes this addition to the program especially valuable. He's joined by Arthur Grumiaux, Milton Thomas, and Paul Tortelier -- a star lineup. The transfers are excellent, too, though the sound quality is obviously limited. Still, for chamber music aficionados, that's a small price to pay for such a treasure trove as this. And, speaking of small prices, this set is a terrific bargain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Music & Arts Program
  • UPC: 017685111327
  • Catalog Number: 1113

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493 - Pablo Casals & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (31:46)
  2. 4–7 Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110 - Pablo Casals & Robert Schumann (31:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1/3 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (30:22)
  2. 5–7 Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost"), Op. 70/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (30:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1–4 Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101 - Pablo Casals & Johannes Brahms (21:48)
  2. 5–8 Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 70/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (34:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1–6 Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Pablo Casals (22:07)
  2. 7–8 Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (22:01)
  3. 8 Piano Trio in G major ("Kakadu Variations") Op. 121a - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (19:50)
Disc 5
  1. 1–4 Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Pablo Casals (15:56)
  2. 5–8 Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 - Pablo Casals & Johannes Brahms (33:01)
  3. 9–12 Trio for Clarinet (or viola), Cello & Piano in A minor, Op. 114 - Pablo Casals & Johannes Brahms (25:57)
Disc 6
  1. 1–4 Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80 - Pablo Casals & Robert Schumann (29:35)
  2. 5–7 Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Paul Tortelier (25:58)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Well tempered clavier book 2, No. 5 in D major, BWV 874 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Mieczyslaw Horszowski (8:28)
  2. 2 Well tempered clavier book 2, No. 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 883 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Mieczyslaw Horszowski (10:20)
  3. 3 Well tempered clavier book 2, No. 15 in G major, BWV 884 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Mieczyslaw Horszowski (4:25)
  4. 4 Well tempered clavier book 2, No. 24 in B minor, BWV 893 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Mieczyslaw Horszowski (4:28)
  5. 5–7 Sonata for violin & piano No. 1 in D major, Op. 12/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Arthur Grumiaux (17:46)
  6. 8–10 Quartet for oboe, violin, viola & cello in F major, K. 370 (K. 368b) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Paul Tortelier (13:14)
  7. 9 Idomeneo, rè di Creta, opera, K. 366: Aria. Zefiretti lunsinghieri - Pablo Casals & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (7:09)
Disc 8
  1. 1–4 Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87 - Pablo Casals & Johannes Brahms (29:35)
  2. 5–8 Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63 - Robert Schumann & Mieczyslaw Horszowski (37:20)
Disc 9
  1. 1–2 Sonata for cello & piano No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (26:36)
  2. 3–4 Sonata for cello & piano No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (26:10)
  3. 5–7 Sonata for horn & piano in F major, Op. 17 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (16:27)
Disc 10
  1. 1–3 Sonata for cello & piano No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (30:49)
  2. 4–5 Sonata for cello & piano No. 4 in C major, Op. 102/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (18:04)
  3. 6–8 Sonata for cello & piano No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (21:52)
Disc 11
  1. 1 Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (11:17)
  2. 2–4 Sonata for violin & piano No. 6 in A major, Op. 30/1 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Szymon Goldberg (24:04)
  3. 5–8 Clarinet Quintet in A major ("Stadler"), K. 581 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jose Gonzales (33:21)
Disc 12
  1. 1–4 Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in C major, D. 956 (Op. posth. 163) - Pablo Casals & Franz Schubert (44:59)
  2. 5–8 Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 - Pablo Casals & Felix Mendelssohn (30:42)
Disc 13
  1. 1 Adagio & Allegro for horn (or violin or cello) & piano in A flat major, Op. 70 - Pablo Casals & Robert Schumann (10:48)
  2. 2–5 String quartet No.1 in A minor, Op. 41/1 - Robert Schumann & Végh Quartet (25:34)
  3. 6–9 Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 - Robert Schumann & Rudolf Serkin (32:41)
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