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.
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.