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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Casals was as much at home conducting as he was playing cello, and this performance is imbued with the same bold and emphatic shaping, vigorous rhythmic drive and concern for the overall musical shape of the work being performed.
...The lion's share of the release is taken up by five CDs with Casals conducting. The repertoire is solidly mainstream: Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8, Schubert's Fifth and Mendelssohn's Italian, and the Brahms Haydn Variations. These recordings are important if for no other reason than for documenting the work of one of the most powerful musical personalities of this century, who went on making music until his death in 1973 at the remarkable age of 96.
as much at home conducting as he was playing cello, and these performances are all imbued with the same characteristics as Casals's solo playing. They are very forthright with bold and emphatic shaping, vigorous rhythmic drive and concern for the overall musical shape of the work being performed. On the other hand, tempos are at times leisurely and there is a tendancy 'to enjoy the view'. This is very much an interpretative style more common to the first half of this century than the second. One feels that Casals is talking the same musical language as some of his great contemporaries such as Mengelberg and Furtwangler if without their personal idiosyncracies.
-- Gramophone [6/1991]
reviewing the Sony series of Marlboro 40th Anniversary CDs, which includes the present disc
Works on This Recording
Octet for Strings in E flat major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn
Jaime Laredo (Violin),
Alexander Schneider (Violin),
Arnold Steinhardt (Violin),
John Dalley (Violin),
Michael Tree (Viola),
Samuel Rhodes (Viola),
Leslie Parnas (Cello),
David Soyer (Cello)
Written: 1825; Germany
I - Allegro moderato ma con fuoco
III - Scherzo: Allegro leggierissimo
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