Pablo Casals

Pablo Casals - the legendary cellist in the role of Conductor.

Pablo Casals – Marlboro Festival – 1967 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Pablo Casals
Pablo Casals – the legendary cellist in the role of Conductor.

Pablo Casals and the Marlboro Music Festival orchestra – July 17, 1967 – August 3, 1968 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Something historic and rare this holiday week. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, what better way to convey “everything is going to be okay” than to run a concert from the 1967 season of this iconic music festival?

Two works from two different concerts from this series – the opening work is Introduction and Variations on Trockne Blumen from Die schöne Müllerin, D. 802 by Franz Schubert with Paula Robison, Flute and Rudolf Serkin, Piano. The concert concludes with Haydn’s Symphony Number 94 with Casals leading the Marlboro Festival Orchestra.

Marlboro Music is acclaimed worldwide as an institution devoted to artistic excellence and to developing new musical leaders who illuminate all areas of music today. It is where the concept of having master artists play together with exceptional young professional musicians was born—initiating a dynamic new approach to learning.

After three weeks of daily rehearsals, Marlboro presents a portion of its musical collaborations at weekend concerts, held from mid-July to mid-August. Audiences share in the sense of discovery—seeing exciting young musicians playing side-by-side with master artists, and hearing chamber music masterworks and unfamiliar pieces performed with great passion and joy.

Since its founding in 1951, Marlboro Music has transformed the world of chamber music and played a vital role in developing generations of new musical leaders. Marlboro was created by eminent pianist Rudolf Serkin—its artistic director until his death in 1991—and co-founders Adolf and Herman Busch, and Marcel, Blanche, and Louis Moyse.

Pablo Casals, was a cellist, composer, and conductor from Catalonia, Spain. He is generally regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest cellists of all time. He made many recordings throughout his career, of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, also as conductor, but he is perhaps best remembered for the recordings of the Bach Cello Suites he made from 1936 to 1939. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy (though the ceremony was presided over by Lyndon B. Johnson).

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