Beethoven, Ludwig van/Brahms, Johannes: Pablo Casals conducts... (Naxos Audio CD)

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Pablo Casals Orchestra of Barcelona
Pablo Casals, conductor

Along with Casals’ 1927 London Symphony disc of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture (Naxos Historical 8.110976), these recordings – the Beethoven Symphony No. 1 is particularly rare – constitute the cellist’s complete pre-war recordings as a conductor. The Barcelona sessions made with Casals’ own orchestra, formed in 1919, were set down in a concentrated period of work over five days in early July 1929. They are notable for their unfussy and direct approach to Beethoven that reveal the music in honest, unvarnished and expressive terms. In Brahms’ Variations on the St Anthony Chorale, recorded just a few weeks before Casals’ 51st birthday, the London Symphony Orchestra plays with beauty of sound, excellent ensemble and characterful wind solos. Casals’ temperate direction stresses the lyrical and eloquent aspects of Brahms’ writing.


Contents and Reviews

Symphony No.1 in C major Op 21
I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace

Symphony No.4 in B flat major Op 60
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco meno allegro
IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens) Op 113: Overture

Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn Op 56a "St. Anthony Variations"