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Casals Festivals At Prades - 1953-62


Release Date: 09/05/2006 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1187   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachLudwig van BeethovenRobert SchumannWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Yehudi MenuhinRudolf SerkinWilhelm KempffMieczyslaw Horszowski,   ... 
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String QuartetPrades Festival OrchestraLondon Collegium Musicum,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 14 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CASALS FESTIVALS AT PRADES , Volume 2 Various soloists and ensembles MUSIC & ARTS 1187, mono (12 CDs: 815:23)


Music by BACH, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, CASALS, MENDELSSOHN, MOZART, SCHUBERT, SCHUMANN


What follows is an overview of a remarkable set having unquestionable historical and musical worth. Not only does it encompass first-rate performances, drawn from the years 1953–59, but it also deepens the profile of many of the Read more artists involved.


In some respects the third CD of this release is particularly valuable. Devoted exclusively to Rudolf Serkin, it commands interest on two counts. On the one hand it enriches his discography with a superb performance of Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes . On the other, it complements the pianist’s studio efforts with readings of Beethoven’s sonatas, ops. 109 and 110. The disc is completed with Bach’s Italian Concerto , in a more ruminative performance than one Serkin recorded at Prades for Columbia. Similarly, this 1953 Casals-conducted concert account of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante, K 364, if similar in its broad pacing to his studio effort of a year earlier (with Stern and Primrose) gains from the superb brother/sister collaboration of Joseph and Lillian Fuchs. Especially welcome is the broad representation given to Mieczyslaw Horszowski, a superb pianist who never gained the representation in the studio that his artistry deserved. Here he is featured on one disc in Beethoven’s first two piano concertos, with Casals conducting, and on another CD devoted to solo works by three composers: Bach (three excerpts from Book II of the WTC) , Mozart (aptly intense accounts of the C-Minor Fantasy, K 475, and Sonata, K 457), and a superbly sculpted Beethoven, op 111. The two Beethoven piano concertos feature some unusual tempos—the first movement of No.1 rather fleet, that of No. 2 uncommonly broad, yet both are interesting in their unorthodox but nonetheless musical projection. And if you think Wilhelm Kempff was too reserved a pianist, try his collaboration here with Christian Ferras in Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata, a tightly controlled yet animated and vital account.


Other items include Bach’s partitas and sonatas for solo violin, with Yehudi Menuhin proving more convincing in this repertoire than he did in the studio, Casals in Bach’s C-Major and C-Minor unaccompanied suites, and conducting the Third and Fourth Brandenburg Concertos and the Fourth Symphony of Beethoven. There are also excerpts from Bach Cantatas and a complete Cantata BWV 202 featuring Maria Stader. Chamber performances include Mendelssohn’s C-Minor Trio with Casals, Kempff, and Ferras, the Mozart G-Minor Quintet with the Vègh Quartet, and Schubert Lieder featuring Victoria de Los Angeles accompanied by Horszowski.


If I have failed to cite every item in this set or comment more fully on some of those I have mentioned, it is only because to do so would require far too much space for a set that—important as it surely is—may not generate the broad appeal that other releases command. But for those fascinated by the history of performance practices or having an interest in the artists involved, this release will prove touching and revealing. It is certainly a tribute to a group of superb musicians who collaborated with Casals in a series of summer festivals of major significance. Hats off to Music & Arts for perpetuating them. Harris Goldsmith’s exceptionally informative annotations are a welcome bonus. Throughout, the mono sound, if variable, is light years ahead of what the Columbia engineers produced at Prades in 1950. And as a practical matter, it should be noted that the 12 discs in this set (12 for the price of 8) come neatly packaged in individual sleeves housed in an inch-wide sturdy box.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1956 
Venue:  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
2.
Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/08/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
4.
Sonata for Piano no 30 in E major, Op. 109 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1954 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5.
Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/12/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Composition written: Germany (1837).
Composition revised: Germany (1852). 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/15/1959 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
7.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 883 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
8.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 15 in G major, BWV 884 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
9.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 24 in B minor, BWV 893 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
10.
Fantasia for Piano in C minor, K 396 (385f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/01/1962 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
11.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C minor, K 457 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/01/1962 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
12.
Sonata for Piano no 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1821-1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/09/1954 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
13.
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/01/1962 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
14.
Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1958 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
15.
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 454 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
16.
El cant del ocells by Pablo Casals
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972 
Date of Recording: 07/18/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
17.
Lied(er) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/08/1959 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
18.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/18/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
19.
Divertimento for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and Strings no 1 in E flat major, K 113 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Paul Tortelier (Cello), Lillian Fuchs (Viola), Joseph Fuchs (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Milan, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/15/1953 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
20.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C minor, Op. 66 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Christian Ferras (Violin), Pablo Casals (Cello), Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/15/1959 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
21.
Quintet for 2 Violins, 2 Violas and Cello no 4 in G minor, K 516 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Paul Szabo (Cello), Georges Janzer (Viola), Sandor Zöldy (Violin),
Sandor Végh (Violin), Ernst Wallfisch (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
22.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 51 no 1 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Paul Szabo (Cello), Georges Janzer (Viola), Sandor Zöldy (Violin),
Sandor Végh (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865-1873; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/20/1958 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
23.
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202 "Wedding Cantata" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria Stader (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1718-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/19/1953 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
24.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1953 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
25.
Ch'io mi scordi di te...Non temer, amato bene, K 505 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Collegium Musicum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1959 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
26.
Divertimento in D major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sándor Végh Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/03/1962 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
27.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/24/1953 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
28.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1959 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
29.
Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K 364 (320d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lillian Fuchs (Viola), Joseph Fuchs (Violin)
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/19/1953 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
30.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Collegium Musicum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/08/1959 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
31.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Christian Ferras (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802-1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/15/1959 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
32.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/09/1956 
Venue:  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
33.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/08/1955 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
34.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/02/1955 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
35.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/03/1956 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
36.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/19/1953 
Venue:  Live  Casals Festival, Prades, France 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 

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