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Casals/Prades FO: Bach Brandenburg No. 6 + Musical Offering (excerpts) - Columbia FCX 117

$4.00 USD

Columbia (LP)

Jacket GOOD+ / LP VG / French pressing

This fine LP from Columbia (33 FCX 117, French pressing, blue/silver label, mono) features three of the many remarkable performances taped by Columbia Records during the Prades Festivals, on offer here an all-Bach program.

The exact contents are as follows:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major BWV 1051

> with Pablo Casals conducting the Prades Festival Orchestra

(recorded ‘live’ at l’église St.-Pierre, Prades, on 22 May 1950)

L’Offrande Musicale: Ricercare a 3 voci

> with Leopold Mannes, piano*

(recorded ‘live’ at l’église St.-Pierre, Prades, on 17 June 1950)

*To my knowledge, this is the only extant commercial recording of Mannes as solo pianist.

L’Offrance Musicale: Sonata a 3 in C minor

> with Alexander Schneider (violin), John Wummer (flute), Leopold Teraspulsky (cello), and Leopold Mannes (piano)

(recorded ‘live’ at l’église St.-Pierre, Prades, on 17 June 1950)

L’Offrande Musicale: Ricercare a 6 voci

> with Orrea Pernel (violin), June Rotenberg (double-bass), Alexander Schneider (violin), Peter Seidenberg (cello), Leopold Teraspulsky (cello), Milton Thomas (viola), and Karen Tuttle (viola)

(recorded ‘live’ at l’église St.-Pierre, Prades, on 17 June 1950)

A quite magical alchemy seemed to occur during the Festivals held in Prades and Perpignan, with performance after performance not merely rising above the routine, but reach heights of expression and musical depth seldom encountered on disc or in the concert hall, all the more remarkable for being recorded 'in concert'.

No chamber music collection could be complete without some performances from Casals' legendary festivals at Prades and Perpignan and this LP preserves exalted music making by some of the greatest musicians of the last century: truly wonderful music-making

Incidentally, there are superb liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in French only.

CONDITION:

The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.


The condition of the jacket is GOOD+. There is edgewear, bumping at corners, aging, and shelfwear. However, there are no seamsplits, owners' markings, bends, or other defects and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – overall, still a quite decent collector's copy.

The condition of the LP is VERY GOOD. Although the surfaces are not CD silent, in general the playback is excellent. However, those wanting flawless or near-MINT surfaces are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.

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