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Casals Edition - Schumann: Cello Concerto, Piano Trio No 1


Release Date: 02/22/1994 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 58993   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pablo CasalsMieczyslaw HorszowskiAlexander SchneiderLeopold Mannes
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maximum contrast is afforded by Casals's 1953 recording of Schumann's Cello Concerto, a startlingly demonstrative affair with heavily thrashed accents, savage entries and a general proneness to exaggeration that makes a meal out of Schumann's already heightened psycho-musical pathology. And yet Casals's unique brand of poetry is frequently heart-rending: try from 11'25" into the first movement and follow through to the next, and you'll hear palpable premonitions of the Elgar Concerto as well as some exquisite cello playing. Prior to an enjoyable (but, again, rather bullishly projected) set of Stücke im Volkston, we are offered an extremely fine reading of Schumann's sombre D minor Trio—a near-contender for 'best ever' status, Read more running even its celebrated 1928 Casals/Thibaud/Cortot EMI predecessor (EMI References, 12/91) pretty close.

-- Gramophone [5/1994
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prades Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1953 
Venue:  Prades Festival 
Length: 25 Minutes 1 Secs. 
2.
Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello), Mieczyslaw Horszowski (Piano), Alexander Schneider (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/04/1952 
Venue:  Prades Festival 
Length: 31 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3.
Stücke (5) im Volkston for Cello and Piano, Op. 102 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Pablo Casals (Cello), Leopold Mannes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/01/1952 
Venue:  Prades Festival 
Length: 17 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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