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Original Jacket Collection [Box set]

Pablo Casals Audio CD

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5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST - A 5 STAR CASALS SET! Aug. 6 2010
By Blue Coronet - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
PABLO CASALS: THE ORIGINAL JACKET COLLECTION is a stellar set of 10 of Casals original Columbia LP recordings on 10 CDs, each in a Mini-LP Cover from the original LP. One of the frustrating things about the online description is that there has been no listing of which albums are included. Here is a listing of the original Columbia LP numbers, titles and composers:

COLUMBIA ML 4349 PRADES FESTIVAL 1950 - BACH

COLUMBIA ML 4350 PRADES FESTIVAL 1950 - BACH

COLUMBIA ML 4560 PERPIGNAN FESTIVAL 1951 - BEETHOVEN

COLUMBIA ML 4562 PERPIGNAN FESTIVAL 1951 - BEETHOVEN

COLUMBIA ML 4715 PRADES FESTIVAL 1951 - SCHUBERT

COLUMBIA ML 4719 PRADES FESTIVAL 1952 - BRAHMS

COLUMBIA ML 4876 PRADES FESTIVAL 1953 - BEETHOVEN

COLUMBIA ML 4878 PRADES FESTIVAL 1953 - BEETHOVEN

COLUMBIA ML 4926 PERPIGNAN FESTIVAL 1951 - SCHUMANN, TRAD. ARRANGED BY CASALS, BACH, HAYDN, DE FALLA

COLUMBIA KL 5726 A CONCERT AT THE WHITE HOUSE - 1961 - MENDELSSOHN, COUPERIN, SCHUMANN, TRAD. ARRANGED BY CASALS

The playing and the sound throughout is masterful. Casals is featured in duos and trios, with the exception of ML 4926 where he is featured with the Prades Festival Orchestra and the Perpignan Festival Orchestra.

I have listened to other Casals sets, particularly the unreleased Prades Festival tracks, and I find this set to be heads and shoulders above the others.

Although this set sells for $61.98, you can purchase it on Amazon.de (germany) for $38 including shipping!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Set June 29 2012
By Stephen Schroth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I enjoy Sony's Original Jacket Collection sets, and own several. This entry, devoted to the work of Pablo Casals, is one of the finest in the series. The production values of the set are outstanding, with a collection of 10 cds, each replicating the cover of an LP as originally issued.

Although the oldest of these recordings dates from 1950 at the Prades Festival, the sound on these cds is remarkable. Casals was a masterful cellist, and these recordings demonstrate why. The recordings feature some of the standard repertoire for cello, including pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Haydn. A wonderful bargain at full price, and an astonishing deal at the discounted rate currently available.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some caveats should be mentioned March 28 2013
By Laszlo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Since other reviews in this column pay hommage to this release and maestro Casals, I will focus mine on those aspects that, in my opinion, take one star out of the rating, without omitting, of course, the magnificent production values that this Original Jacket collections have had in every single release. No wonder that by the price some of them are selling, they've become true collector's items.

I pressume that Casals tenure with Columbia started after WWII when he was in self-exile from franquist Spain just across the border of his beloved Catalonia, in the small town of Prades (eastern Pyrénées).
Having explored his EMI recordings, it is worth admitting that Casals was passing his prime rapidly from 1950 onward, and witnessed in some recordings heard here. The Concerto at the White House, in front of the Kennedys, is more a memento than a true artistic utterance (although the El cant des ocells, warts and all, comes emotionally from the deepest place of the cellist gut).

The other point you should take into account is the tendency of the maestro for groaning. No, this is not Glenn Gould singing along; these are guttural noises with no explainable reason. OK, they don't happen enough to dimish the overall apreciation, but it becomes then a matter of tolerance. If you are a perfectionist that likes its music pristine, forget it.

Those caveats aside, I do not regret acquiring this set. The sound is pretty good, even for the 1950s (in fact, the less adequate sound comes from the White House's '61 live recital). I also have to mention my surpirse with Schumann's Cello Concerto performance. It has a life that I have not found in any other renderings. Grunts and all, a winner in my book.

in summary, if you love the cello, or admire the musicianship of Pau Casals and want to invest in a true collector's item, go for it. At the current prices, it's a winner.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to discover Casals April 17 2014
By ACH - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this collection inspired by a cello player who told me marvels about Casals.

I have always been a passionate Rostropovich fan and always Casals due to my strong dislike of his "Cant dels Ocells", a traditional catalan song to which Mr. Casals was strongly attached and we can find in two different recordings in this collection. sorry, I do hate that song. And Spanish/Catalan medias only play this super-boring song when referring to Casals. I am entitled to say this because I am a Catalan myself.

After hearing these recordings, I have been very pleasantly surprised by Casals, especially with his interpretations of Beethoven. I would take as an example the "Archduke". I have heard excellent versions by other composers (of Casals' time, of course....nobody plays like the great interpreters of that time) but this I really loved. The way he transmitted his interpretation of the masterpiece to the other musicians is outstanding, the whole piece breathing with a soft rythmic style that actually owes a lot to Casals' cello. Admirable.

Just skip the Cant dels Ocells. Otherwise you will learn to hate it like me. There is actually plenty of much better music to listen in this very interesting collection.

I have not rated with the 5 stars because in the first Bach solo pieces I still miss Rostropovich. Of course this is only a personal opinion.

Buy it and enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Oct. 6 2013
By Samantha - Published on Amazon.com
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He package came a day earlier than expected. It was very well wrapped and I was pleased with the whole, easy ordering process. The music is beyond comparison... I bought it as a birthday present for my husband and we thoroughly enjoy it.
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