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BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 / BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Casals) (1927, 1929)


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BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 / BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Casals) (1927, 1929)

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.

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
1.   I. Adagio molto – Allegro con brio 00:08:14
2.   II. Andante cantabile con moto 00:08:19
3.   III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace 00:03:08
4.   IV. Adagio - Allegro molto e vivace 00:04:19
  Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 60
5.   I. Adagio - Allegro vivace 00:08:48
6.   II. Adagio 00:08:48
7.   III. Menuetto: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco meno allegro 00:04:32
8.   IV. Allegro ma non troppo 00:06:54
  Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113: Overture
9.   Die Ruinen von Athen (The Ruins of Athens), Op. 113: Overture 00:04:29

Brahms, Johannes

  Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn, Op. 56a, "St. Anthony Variations"
10.   Theme, "Chorale St. Antoni": Andante 00:02:18
11.   Variation 1: Poco più animato 00:01:28
12.   Variation 2: Più vivace 00:01:22
13.   Variation 3: Con moto 00:01:26
14.   Variation 4: Andante con moto 00:02:13
15.   Variation 5: Vivace 00:01:22
16.   Variation 6: Vivace 00:01:16
17.   Variation 7: Grazioso 00:02:42
18.   Variation 8: Presto non troppo 00:01:42
19.   Finale: Andante 00:03:47

Total Playing Time: 01:17:07

Beethoven, Ludwig van; Brahms, Johannes

Casals, Pablo

London Symphony Orchestra; Pablo Casals Orchestra of Barcelona

Label: Naxos Historical

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Classical; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111262

Barcode: 0747313326228

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Physical Release: 08/2007

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