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

Release Date: 4/19/2011
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: SONY58993
Composer: Robert Schumann
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prades Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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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, running even its celebrated 1928 Casals/Thibaud/Cortot EMI predecessor (EMI References, 12/91) pretty close.

-- Gramophone [5/1994
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
2. Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63 by Robert Schumann
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ; Germany
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
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