Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pablo Casals & Bach

Written by Andy Fein, owner and luthier at Fein Violins,
and Angela Newgren:

Yesterday, I heard cellist Alisa Weilerstein talk about Pablo Casals discovering an old book of the Bach Cello suites in a rare book store in Barcelona. At the time, he was only thirteen. The year was 1890.

Casals knew he had something special. Already an accomplished cellist, Casals lived with, studied and played the suites almost every day for 12 years. At age 25, he was ready to perform them.

Casals was the first cellist to truly understand the suites. His performances shocked audiences for their artistic rendering and the deep love he had for the pieces.
Casals played at least one of the Suites every day of his life.

He first recorded the Bach Cello Suites in 1915.
Listen to Casals playing Bach's first part of Cello Suite No. 1 In G
Click here.

Hear Alisa Weilerstein talk about Casals & Bach and play Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 in C. Click here.
Pablo Casals

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