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The Complete French Columbia Recordings / Casadesus


Release Date: 11/01/2019 
Label:  Apr Recordings   Catalog #: 2010387  
Composer:  Domenico ScarlattiWolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Robert CasadesusLeon PascalJoseph CalvetPaul Mas,   ... 
Conductor:  Eugčne BigotWalther StraramGeorges Martin Witkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony OrchestraOrchestre Des Concerts Straram
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Robert Casadesus (1899-1972) is today almost considered an American pianist – he based himself there from the Second World War onwards and he is known today through the huge number of recordings he made for US Columbia from 1940 until his death, but as a musician and pianist he was French to the core. He had studied at the Paris conservatoire with Isidor Philipp and Louis Diémer and his combination of immaculate technique, a light and brilliant touch and the refined elegance of his interpretations reveal why he was considered one of the greatest French pianists of the century. Casadesus began his recording career for French Columbia in 1928 and all his recordings for that label, until he left for the USA, are included here for the Read more first time. Particularly noteworthy is a previously unpublished studio recording of Mozart’s ‘Coronation’ concerto. He excelled in Mozart and Chopin and in French repertoire and all are well-represented in this collection. There are also noteworthy chamber collaborations in the Debussy cello sonata and Fauré Piano Quartet.

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REVIEWS:

The 11 Scarlatti sonatas recorded in 1937 that open disc 1 alone attest to the pianist’s high craftsmanship. It’s good finally to have this body of recordings together in one place, especially via Mark Obert-Thorn’s excellent restorations.

– Gramophone

The delights here are inexhaustible. The readings are stylish, lively, imaginative, and emotionally varied, enhanced by a dazzling dexterity and limited use of pedal. I love the brilliance and ebullience of the D major K96, which exudes sunshine and delight. No aficionado of great pianism would want to be without this set.

– MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 430/L 463 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
2.
Sonata for Harpsichord in A major, K 533/L 395 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
3.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 23/L 411 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
4.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 377/L 263 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
5.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, K 96/L 465 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
6.
Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 9/L 413 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
7.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 125/L 487 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
8.
Sonata for Harpsichord in B minor, K 27/L 449 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
9.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 14/L 387 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
10.
Sonata for Harpsichord in E minor, K 198/L 22 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
11.
Sonata for Harpsichord in G major, K 13/L 486 by Domenico Scarlatti
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1738 
12.
Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Conductor:  Eugčne Bigot
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Conductor:  Walther Straram
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Des Concerts Straram
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Sonata for Piano no 26 in E flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809-1810; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
17.
German Dances (12) for Piano, D 790/Op. 171: Excerpt(s) by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
18.
Konzertstück for Piano and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 79 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Dresden, Germany 
19.
Symphonic Etudes for Piano, Op. 13 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837/1852; Germany 
20.
Waldszenen, Op. 82: no 7, Vogel als Prophet by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Germany 
21.
Ballade for Piano no 1 in G minor, B 66/Op. 23 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1835 
22.
Ballade for Piano no 2 in F major/a minor, B 102/Op. 38 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
23.
Ballade for Piano no 3 in A flat major, B 136/Op. 47 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; Paris, France 
24.
Ballade for Piano no 4 in F minor, B 146/Op. 52 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Paris, France 
25.
Mazurkas (4) for Piano, B 77/Op. 17: no 4 in A minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1833; Paris, France 
26.
Impromptu for Piano in C major by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1873; France 
27.
Pičces pittoresques (10) for Piano: no 10, Scherzo-valse by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1881; France 
28.
Preludes (9) for Piano, Op. 103: no 5 in D minor by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
29.
Impromptu for Piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 102 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1909; France 
30.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in C minor, Op. 15 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Leon Pascal (Viola), Robert Casadesus (Piano), Joseph Calvet (Violin),
Paul Mas (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876-1879; France 
31.
Etudes (5) pittoresques "Cerdańa": no 5, Le retour des muletiers by Déodat de Sévérac
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908-1911; France 
32.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano), Maurice Maréchal (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
33.
L'epiphanie: Dance des petits nčgres by André Caplet
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano), Maurice Maréchal (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; France 
34.
Jeux d'eau by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; France 
35.
Mon lac by Georges Martin Witkowski
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano)
Conductor:  Georges Martin Witkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Orchestra
36.
Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 18 by Robert Casadesus
Performer:  Robert Casadesus (Piano), René Le Roy (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934 

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