V0044. VICTORIA DE LOS ANGELES, w. Pablo Casals, Mieczislaw Horszowski, Alicia de Larrocha, Eugene Istomin & Pedro de Freitas Branco (Pau & Victoria - Historical Recordings): Songs of Brahms, Mozart, Strauss, Respighi, Mozart & Ravel; Casals (the latter’s EL PESSEBRE - 'Sardana' & 'Els reis mags', Cond. by the Composer). (Spain) 2-Columna Música 1CM0300, Slipcase Edition, recorded 1956-58, Paris, Lisbon & Puerto Rico. Final Sealed Copy! - 8429977103002
“This edition gathers in a first CD historical recordings of two of the greatest interpreters of our country. Some of these recordings are unpublished and others are of almost impossible location. It is not usual to hear a recording of Pau Casals playing the piano and here we find the unforgettable master accompanying Victoria de los Angeles in various lieder of Brahms. Also we can enjoy Casals with the baton, with the Collegium Musicum of London, interpreting two arias of Mozart also accompanying to the great Catalan soprano. The rest of these historical recordings are true jewels that we now make available to everyone in the best possible technical conditions. The edition is completed with a second CD in which diverse young interpreters give life to diverse songs of Pau Casals. The recording of these songs has benefited from the expert advice and collaboration of Marta Casals, widow of the Maestro, who has been able to transmit to the singers and instrumentalists the expressivity and a genuinely Casalian musicality.”
- Columna Música
“For sheer loveliness of timbre, affecting sensitivity, elegance of line and utter ease in florid passagework, de los Angeles was hard to top. By the 1950s she was a mainstay of opera houses around the world and widely admired for her portrayals of leading lyric soprano roles, including Puccini's Mimi and Madama Butterfly, Verdi's Violetta, Massenet's Manon, Bizet's Carmen and Debussy's Mélisande. Though her sound was not enormous, she knew how to project her voice so that it carried effortlessly in the opera house. She even sang lighter Wagner roles with effectiveness and allure, including Elisabeth in TANNHÄUSER, the role of her 1961 Bayreuth Festival debut in Germany, and Eva in DIE MEISTERSINGER.
‘We are a people that sings naturally’, she said in a 1980 interview, adding, ‘When we have a sorrow, it is a wonderful sorrow; when we have a happiness, it is a wonderful happiness, it is a big happiness’."
- Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 16 Jan., 2005