Song of the Birds

Song of the Birds

by Pablo Casals
     
 
The influence of Pablo Casals on the history of the cello -- even the history of music itself -- cannot be overstated. He was responsible in large part for establishing the cello's prominence as a solo instrument in the twentieth century and rediscovered the "Six Solo Suites" of J.S. Bach. Although continually active as a performer, he was

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The influence of Pablo Casals on the history of the cello -- even the history of music itself -- cannot be overstated. He was responsible in large part for establishing the cello's prominence as a solo instrument in the twentieth century and rediscovered the "Six Solo Suites" of J.S. Bach. Although continually active as a performer, he was also an established composer, conductor, and even diplomat. This collection of shorter works spans more than a quarter century of Casals' recorded legacy, from the 1925 recording of "The Swan" with pianist Nikolai Mednikov to the 1953 performance of de Falla's "Nana" with pianist Eugene Istomin. The album stands as a testament not only to Casals' ever-developing technical and musical abilities, but also to the improvement of recording technology. By today's standards, much of Casals' playing may be characterized as being somewhat slow and deliberate, but this certainly does not negate the historical importance of this recording or of the technical and musical trailblazing for which Casals was responsible. The restored sound quality achieved on this Regis disc is rather remarkable considering the age of some of these performances. Attentive listeners will even be able to detect some of Casals' powerful finger strikes and occasional humming along with the music.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Regis
UPC:
5055031311934
catalogNumber:
1193

Tracks

  1. Song of the Birds (El Cant dels Ocells), folk song
  2. Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Nana
  3. Sant Marti del Canigo, song
  4. Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46
  5. Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66
  6. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2
  7. Piano Trio in B flat major ("Archduke"), Op. 97: 2. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio
  8. Keyboard Trio in G major ("Gypsy Trio") H. 15/25: 3. Gypsy Rondo (Rondo all'Ongarese)
  9. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prelude
  10. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 1. Prelude
  11. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: 7. Gigue
  12. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements
  13. Melody in F, instrumental arrangement, Op. 3/1
  14. Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47

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