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Casals Edition - Bach: The Three Gamba Sonatas, Brandenburg No 4


Release Date: 02/21/1995 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 66572   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pablo CasalsPaul Baumgartner
Conductor:  Pablo Casals
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These performances from the inaugural 1950 Prades Festival are unforgettable. The Sonatas evince a grandeur and humanity that was quintessential Casals.

'The work of all artists stands as a symbol of human freedom; no one has enriched that freedom more signally than Pablo Casals'; President John Kennedy's tribute to the great Catalan cellist on the occasion of his fabled White House appearance in 1961 resounds eloquently across the decades in these reissues. A passionate antagonist of tyranny and injustice, Casals withdrew from public life in 1945, having settled in Prades as a refugee in 1939. His return to the concert stage during festivals at Prades and Perpignan between 1950 and 1966, was catalogued by inspirational
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...[T]he Bach performances from the inaugural 1950 Prades event are unforgettable; Casals recorded these sonatas, written for viola da gamba with pianist Paul Baumgartner, and directed the Festival Orchestra in the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto. If the latter recalls inflated pre-war emasculations from the Busch ensemble and others, the Sonatas evince a grandeur and humanity that was quintessential Casals, and in uncommonly decent sound.

-- Michael Jameson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello), Paul Baumgartner (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
2.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Baumgartner (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
3.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Paul Baumgartner (Piano), Pablo Casals (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1950 
4.
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 
Venue:  Live  Prades, France 

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