Sunday, June 10, 2012

Casals, Katims, Schneider, etc. "Casals Festival at Prades: Schubert Cello Quintet" (Vinyl) This dusty old recording isn't the best example of recording technology, but what is captured is a moment in time with four great musicians simply enjoying one of the literature's greatest works. I'm not the biggest Schubert advocate, but he really hit a home run with his cello quintet, which is neither laborious or pedantic but rather luxurious and inspired. The Casals Festival began in the mid-20th century as an excuse for musicians to have an excuse to go play with the deposed Spanish cellist Pablo Casals (who was unable to visit the US.) Any recording from these encounters will surely be of a more intimate and poignant nature, as if everyone in the room recognized that this might be a one-time opportunity.

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