C1827. PRADES FESTIVAL, Vol. V: PABLO CASALS, JOSEPH FUCHS, EUGENE ISTOMIN, ORREA PERNEL, MILTON THOMAS, MADELEINE FOLEY & BERNARD GOLDBERG: (Mozart & Beethoven). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-1077, Live Performances, 1953 & 1954, Abbaye Saint-Michel de Cuxa & Eglise Saint-Pierre de Prades. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"The first Prades Festival was held in 1950 to mark the bicentenary of Bach’s death and to coax Casals out of retirement. Several of the world’s most notable musicians attended, and Columbia was on hand to record the proceedings….The quality of the recorded sound is fine and the audience very quiet. The performances also have one endearing quality of broadcast recordings from the 1950s: there is no editing."
- David Radcliffe, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, March/April, 2007
"These historical recordings are a vital link to the 19th Century attitude toward chamber music because many of the older musicians who played at Prades in the 1950s came of age towards the end of the 19th Century [offering] a great deal of extremely creative music-making…."
- Elaine Fine, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2003