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 wasSee more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Regis
UPC:
5055031311934
catalogNumber:
1193
Rank:
226929

Tracks

  1. Song of the Birds (El Cant dels Ocells), folk song  -  Catalan Traditional  - Pablo Casals  - Pablo Casals  -  Prades Festival Orchestra  - E. Casals
  2. Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Nana  - Manuel de Falla  - Pablo Casals  - Eugene Istomin
  3. Sant Marti del Canigo, song  - Spanish Traditional  - Pablo Casals  - Pablo Casals  -  Prades Festival Orchestra  - E. Casals
  4. Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Rudolf Serkin
  5. Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Rudolf Serkin
  6. Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Otto Schulhof
  7. Piano Trio in B flat major ("Archduke"), Op. 97: 2. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Pablo Casals  - Alfred Cortot  - Jacques Thibaud
  8. Keyboard Trio in G major ("Gypsy Trio") H. 15/25: 3. Gypsy Rondo (Rondo all'Ongarese)  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Pablo Casals  - Alfred Cortot  - Jacques Thibaud
  9. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prelude  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Pablo Casals
  10. Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 1. Prelude  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Pablo Casals
  11. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: 7. Gigue  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Pablo Casals
  12. The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Pablo Casals  - Nikolai Mednikoff
  13. Melody in F, instrumental arrangement, Op. 3/1  - Anton Rubinstein  - David Popper  - Pablo Casals  - Nikolai Mednikoff
  14. Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47  - Max Bruch  - Landon Ronald  - Pablo Casals  -  London Symphony Orchestra

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