COMPOSERS: Bach etc,Beethoven,Mozart
LABELS: Music & Arts
PERFORMER: Various artists
CATALOGUE NO: CD 1113
Casals and Beecham dominate the present batch. Music & Arts has released a 13-CD set devoted to the CASALS FESTIVAL AT PRADES.
Some of these performances will be familiar from previous Sony/CBS compilations but others – the Arthur Grumiaux-William Kapell Beethoven D major Sonata, Op. 12/1; the Mozart E flat Piano Quartet (erroneously described as a Piano Trio) in which they are joined by Milton Thomas and Paul Tortelier; Mieczyslaw Horszowski playing some Bach preludes and fugues – will be discoveries for many music lovers.
The quality of sound is very variable and not always an improvement on the LPs that CBS released to mark the Casals centenary in 1976, but such are the riches here that these reservations will deter few, particularly in view of the modest outlay involved.