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Casals Festivals at Prades Vol.2 (12CD)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2012
Like volume one of the Prades performances Live Performances from the Prades Casals Festivals this is an excellent set with plenty to explore. The sound is variable, but the performances are well worth the occasional lack of clarity. Desert Island discs for sure.....

On 12 cds:

Bach, J S:
Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004
9/7/1955
Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Partita for solo violin No. 1 in B minor, BWV1002
7/7/1956
Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV1005
8/7/1955
Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV827
8/7/1955
Yehudi Menuhin (violin)

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009
2/7/1955
Pablo Casals (cello)

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011
3/7/1956
Pablo Casals (cello)

Italian Concerto, BWV971
11/7/1956

The Well Tempered Clavier, book II: selection
Nos. 14, 15, 24. 17/7/1956

Cantata and Mass excerpts
2/7/1955
Eleanor Steber, Carol Smith, Jan Peerce, Norman Farrow, Maurice Wilk (violin), Bernard Greenhouse (cello), Erich Itor Kahn (piano), Julius Baker (flute) & Robert Bloom (oboe)

Cantata BWV202 'Weichet Nur, betrübte Schatten' (Wedding Cantata)
19/6/1953
Maria Stader (soprano)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV1048
19/7/1953
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV1049
24/6/1953
Festival Orchestra, Casals

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Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
20/6/1954
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
15/7/1959
Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
9/6/1954
Mieczislaw Horszowski (piano)

Violin Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 `Kreutzer'
15/7/1959
Christian Ferras (violin) & Kempff (piano)

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
24/6/1953
Horszowski (piano)
Festival Orchestra, Casals

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19
24/6/1953
Horszowski (piano)
Festival Orchestra, Casals

Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60
8/7/1959
Collegium Musicum of London, Casals

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Brahms:

Fantasies (7 piano pieces), Op. 116
11/7/1958
Horszowski (piano)

Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38
19/7/1958
Casals (cello) & Horszowski (piano)

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1
Végh Quartet

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Casals:
The Birds
18/7/1956
Casals (cello) & Horszowski (piano)

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Mendelssohn:
Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
15/7/1959
Ferras (violin); Kempff (piano) & Casals (cello)

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Mozart:

Fantasia in C minor, K396
1/8/1962
Violin Sonata No. 32 in B flat major, K454
7/7/1956
Menuhin (violin) & Horszowski (piano)

Divertimento in E flat major, K563
16/6/1953
Joseph Fuchs (violin); Lillian Fuchs (viola) & Tortelier (cello)

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516
11/7/1956
Végh Quartet

Ch'io mi scordi di te?... Non temer, amato bene, K505
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Collegium Musicum of London, Casals

Divertimento in D major, K136
3/8/1962
Végh CO

Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola & Orchestra in E flat major, K364
19/6/1953
Fuchs (violin) & Fuchs (viola)
Festival Orchestra, Casals

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Schubert:
Lieder
8/7/1959
Victoria de los Angeles (soprano) & Horszowski (piano)

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Schumann:
Études symphoniques, Op. 13
12/7/1956
Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Kreisleriana, Op. 16
1/8/1962
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is the second volume of performances recorded at the Prades Festival during the 1950's and is every bit as good as the first. Once again, the music comes from the period between Bach and Brahms and is performed by Pablo Casals and a host of the greats of the period caught 'live'. These are not 'safe' and note perfect versions but are full of interprative insights and the sheer joy of music making. And what music making!

There are Menuhin and Casals in solo Bach. Then the pianists Serkin, Kempff and Horszowski in inspired performances of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann. A wonderful group of Schubert lieder from Victoria de los Angeles. The Vegh Quartet in Mozart and Brahms. A fine Casals directed performance of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony. The list goes on and on.

Maggi Payne's remastering has been brilliantly done and the whole set is a glorious triumph. It is not only for specialists but will also give years of pleasure to all lovers of great music. An essential purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2012
If you're a great fan of Pablo Casals' musical interpretation, this box won't disappoint you.

I never knew there are stereo recordings of his performance of Bach's cello suites exist. The commonly distributed studio recordings were recorded in 1930's and of course it was monophonic. I've been wondering for ages how his Bach really sounded. Here you can enjoy the third (recorded in 1955) and fifth (1956) suites in stereo. Recording quality is good. Check them by your own ears.

Another big pleasure of mine was Casals and Horszowski's live performance of Brahms cello sonata no. 1 (1958). Again, I never new such a precious recording exists!

The other recordings included Serkin's Schumann, Kempff's Beethoven, Horszowski's Bach, los Angeles' Schubert, and so on. Oh, I love these live recordings. Not only are they great performances themselves, but also it is a great experience to compare Casals' music making and that of his contemporaries.
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