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CASALS, Pablo: Encores and Transcriptions, Vol. 5: Complete Acoustic Recordings, Part 3 (1920-1924)

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Artist(s)
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertosInstrumentalOrchestral
Catalogue 8.110987
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Pablo Casals was one of the greatest and by far the best-known cellist of his generation, whose playing was remarkable both for a superb sense of rhythm and a wonderful parlando quality. This third and final disc of his complete 78rpm acoustic recordings, which cover the period 1916-1925, includes a handful of original compositions, notably the popular Gavotte by the great Bohemian cellist David Popper, and Bruch’s Kol Nidrei. The rest of them are transcriptions or arrangements, including the beautiful version of MacDowell’s famous piano piece ‘To a Wild Rose’, from Woodland Sketches, which Casals makes his own.


   




Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2007

Back in the days of acoustic recordings the great artists of the time where expected to record trifles of music, Casals seemingly less than impressed with the whole concept, his playing so slapdash as to give little credit to a gifted amateur, and at times, as in the Hinkson, sounding bored as he just plays the notes. Intonation was never his strong point, and in this period his personal life was in difficulty. Shortly after making the first three tracks in 1920 he collapsed through fatigue. By the time we reach 1923, and the recording of Kol Nidrei, he had got his act together and from therein this disc moves to a much higher level. He remained with his original record label, Columbia, through to 1925 when for unexplained reasons he moved

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