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Song of the Birds

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Regis Records
  • UPC: 675754012168
  • Catalog Number: 1193

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Song of the Birds (El Cant dels Ocells), folk song - Pablo Casals & Catalan Traditional (3:14)
  2. 2 Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40: Nana - Pablo Casals & Manuel de Falla (2:13)
  3. 3 Sant Marti del Canigo, song - Pablo Casals & Spanish Traditional (4:26)
  4. 4 Variations for cello & piano in E flat major on Mozart's "Bei Männern," WoO 46 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (11:02)
  5. 5 Variations for cello & piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op. 66 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (11:32)
  6. 6 Minuet for piano in G major, WoO 10/2 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (2:35)
  7. 7 Piano Trio in B flat major ("Archduke"), Op. 97: 2. Scherzo (Allegro) & Trio - Ludwig van Beethoven & Pablo Casals (6:36)
  8. 8 Keyboard Trio in G major ("Gypsy Trio") H. 15/25: 3. Gypsy Rondo (Rondo all'Ongarese) - Pablo Casals & Franz Joseph Haydn (3:14)
  9. 9 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1. Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Pablo Casals (2:30)
  10. 10 Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 1. Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Pablo Casals (3:29)
  11. 11 Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: 7. Gigue - Johann Sebastian Bach & Pablo Casals (3:57)
  12. 12 The Swan (from "Carnival of the Animals"), original (for 2 pianos & ensemble) and arrangements - Pablo Casals & Camille Saint-Saëns (2:43)
  13. 13 Melody in F, instrumental arrangement, Op. 3/1 - David Popper & Anton Rubinstein (2:46)
  14. 14 Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47 - Landon Ronald & Max Bruch (11:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pablo Casals Primary Artist
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