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Casals Festivals At Prades - Live Concert Performances


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1113   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartRobert SchumannLudwig van BeethovenJohannes Brahms,   ... 
Performer:  Milton ThomasPaul TortelierArthur GrumiauxWilliam Kapell,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Five years after World War II had ended, Casal's friends were determined to find an honorable way in which to break the cellist's silent protest against Franco and those who supported him, to bring once more the great man's art before the public. Between them, the pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski, whose friendship with Casals dated back to 1906, and the violinist Alexander Schneider devised a scheme which they hoped would bring the "Hermit of Prades" back to the concert platform, a series of all-Bach concerts at Prades marking the 200th anniversary of Bach's death. Would Casals attend? Would he play "in honor" of his revered Bach? Casals eventually capitulated to the persuasive arguments of his old colleagues and a thirty-piece orchestra with Read more Schneider as concert master was assembled and rapidly fashioned by Casals into an homogeneous ensemble. The greatest wonder was when Casals opened each of the six major programs with a Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suite. Casals, aged 73, was silent no more. This collection features the best public performance recordings from Prades and none of these performances appears on the recent Pearl collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, K 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Milton Thomas (Viola), Paul Tortelier (Cello), Arthur Grumiaux (Violin),
William Kapell (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/06/1953 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in G minor, Op. 110 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Sandor Végh (Violin), Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
3.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 5 in D major, Op. 70 no 1 "Ghost" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello), Szymon Goldberg (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1954 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
Notes:  VIENNA 
4.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 in C minor, Op. 101 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Eugene Istomin (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/13/1955 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
5.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 6 in E flat major, Op. 70 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Szymon Goldberg (Violin), Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1954 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
Notes:  VIENNA 
6.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 5 in D major, Op. 102 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1954 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
7.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 11 in G major, Op. 121a "Kakadu Variations" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Szymon Goldberg (Violin), Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803/1816; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/18/1954 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
8.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/08/1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
9.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Eugene Istomin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854/1889; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/13/1955 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
10.
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  David Oppenheim (Clarinet), Pablo Casals (Cello), Eugene Istomin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/03/1955 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
11.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in F major, Op. 80 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
12.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 5 in D major, BWV 874 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
13.
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: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
14.
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: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
15.
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: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
16.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in D major, Op. 12 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Kapell (Piano), Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1953 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
17.
Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K 370 (368b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Orrea Pernel (Violin), Karen Tuttle (Viola), Marcel Tabuteau (Oboe),
Paul Tortelier (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1953 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
18.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in C major, Op. 87 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Eugene Istomin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880-1882; Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/13/1955 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
19.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Joseph Szigeti (Violin), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Rudolf Von Tobel (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
20.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/20/1954 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
21.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in G minor, Op. 5 no 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Eugene Istomin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/07/1954 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
22.
Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1958 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
23.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1958 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
24.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/16/1953 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
25.
Variations (7) for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern", WoO 46 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alfred Cortot (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/10/1958 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
26.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 6 in A major, Op. 30 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Szymon Goldberg (Violin)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801-1802; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/14/1954 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
27.
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  José Gonzales (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/15/1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
28.
Quintet for Strings in C major, Op. 163/D 956 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello), Madeline Foley (Cello), Karen Tuttle (Viola),
Orrea Pernel (Violin), Jacob Krachmalnick (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1953 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
29.
Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Date of Recording: 07/15/1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
30.
Quartet for Strings in A minor, Op. 41 no 1 by Robert Schumann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/12/1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
31.
Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Rudolf Serkin (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Végh String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/12/1956 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 
32.
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 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 

Sound Samples

Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493: I. Allegro
Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493: II. Larghetto
Piano Quartet No. 2 in E flat major, K. 493: III. Allegretto
Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110: I. Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch
Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110: II. Ziemlich langsam
Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110: III. Rasch
Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110: IV. Kraftig, mit Humor
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost": I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost": II. Largo assai ed espressivo
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70, No. 1, "Ghost": III. Presto
String Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D. 956: I. Allegro ma non troppo
String Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D. 956: II. Adagio
String Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D. 956: III. Scherzo: Presto
String Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D. 956: IV. Allegretto

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