S0091. PRADES FESTIVAL - PABLO CASALS, w.Goldberg, Grumiaux, Szigeti, Menuhin, Wallfisch, Pernel, Paul Tortelier, Kapell, Horszowski, Serkin, Istomin, Oppenheim, Milton Thomas, Tuttle, Tabuteau, Victoria de los Angeles (Idomeneo – Zeferitti lusinghieri) & Casals Trio: Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms & Mendelssohn. 13–Music & Arts 1113, Live Performances, Prades Festival, Vol. I, 1953–56 (whereas the first eight discs were previously available on Music & Arts, this set includes five discs of material never before released!). Boxed Set. Transfers by Maggi Payne. Final Copy! - 017685111327
"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. This nicely-boxed set (about an inch deep) holds a great deal of extremely creative music-making….wonderful parts of this set not previously released include a 1953 reading of the Schubert C-major Quintet (with Casals as the second cello) and a highly extroverted and unorthodox reading of the Schumann Adagio and Allegro, by Casals and Clifford Curzon."
- Elaine Fine, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, May/June, 2003