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The Complete French Columbia Recordings (1928-1939)

Robert Casadesus

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Playing with clarity and a refined touch: these were recurring themes of descriptions of the subtle art of the French pianist Robert Casadesus (1899-1972). The label APR has chosen a most opportune movement to restore all the recordings that he made in the inter-war years for Columbia, from 1928 and 1939. The work was done with great care, removing surface noise without impairing the quality of the initial recording.
This publication is a goldmine for anyone who only knows Casadesus from his later recordings: here we can hear a man in the full bloom of youth. What a treat are these eleven finely-chiselled Sonatas by Scarlatti, for example: their dazzling volubility and virtuosity leave us flabbergasted. Once again, we can only admire the freedom of the pianists of the era, their sense of colour and their choices of incredibly rapid tempos. The programme, which runs to four records is as varied as it is copious, offering works from the "great repertoire" (Scarlatti, two Mozart Concertos, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin's Four Ballades), but also rare pearls that we discover or return to with pleasure, such as the delicate symphonic poem with piano, Mon Lac (inspired by the lake Paladru in the Isère) by that inimitable organiser of Lyon's musical life, Georges Martin Witkowski – a piece that Casadesus loved to play; the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Debussy with Maurice Maréchal; Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1 with the legendary Calvet Quartet; and indeed the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Casadesus himself, which he plays with René Le Roy. This anthology revives a pianist who was much-loved in his day, both at home in France and around the world and especially in the United States. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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Robert Casadesus

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DISC 1

Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 430, L. 463 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 430, L. 463 00:01:51

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in A Major, Kk. 533, L. 395 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in A Major, Kk. 533, L. 395 00:02:23

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 23, L. 411 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 23, L. 411 00:02:29

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in B Minor, Kk. 377. L. 263 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in B Minor, Kk. 377. L. 263 00:01:16

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 96, L. 465 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in D Major, Kk. 96, L. 465 00:04:10

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 9, L. 413 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 9, L. 413 00:01:36

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Kk. 125, L. 487 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Kk. 125, L. 487 00:02:00

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in B Minor, Kk. 27. L. 449 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in B Minor, Kk. 27. L. 449 00:01:54

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Kk. 14, L. 387 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Kk. 14, L. 387 00:01:53

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, Kk. 198, L. 22 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in E Minor, Kk. 198, L. 22 00:02:09

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Kk. 13, L. 486 (Domenico Scarlatti)

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Keyboard Sonata in G Major, Kk. 13, L. 486 00:01:57

DOMENICO SCARLATTI, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

12
I. Allegro 00:12:56

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Eugene Bigot, Conductor - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, Orchestra

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II. Larghetto 00:08:14

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Eugene Bigot, Conductor - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, Orchestra

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III. Allegretto 00:08:49

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Eugene Bigot, Conductor - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, Orchestra

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Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K. 537 "Coronation" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

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I. Allegro 00:13:24

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre des Concerts Straram, Orchestra - Walther Straram, Conductor

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II. Larghetto (Excerpts) 00:02:11

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre des Concerts Straram, Orchestra - Walther Straram, Conductor

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III. Allegretto 00:08:54

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre des Concerts Straram, Orchestra - Walther Straram, Conductor

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DISC 2

Rondo in D major, K. 485 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

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Rondo in D Major, K. 485 00:04:11

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux" (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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I. Das Lebewohl. Adagio – Allegro 00:05:04

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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3
II. Abwesenheit. Andante espressivo 00:03:07

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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4
III. Das Wiedersehen. Vivacissimamente 00:04:04

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. Posth. 120, D. 664 (Franz Schubert)

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I. Allegro moderato 00:04:20

Franz Schubert, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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II. Andante 00:04:02

Franz Schubert, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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III. Allegro 00:04:17

Franz Schubert, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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12 German Dances, Op. 171, D. 790 (Franz Schubert)

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Nos. 1, 3-8 & 11 00:04:23

Franz Schubert, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Konzertstuck in F minor, Op. 79, J. 282 (Carl Maria von Weber)

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Konzertstück in F Minor, Op. 79, J. 282 00:15:39

Carl Maria Von Weber, Composer - Eugene Bigot, Conductor - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Unknown Artist, Orchestra

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Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13 (Robert Schumann)

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Theme. Andante 00:01:27

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 1, Var. 1 00:01:06

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 2, Var. 2 00:02:15

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 3, Vivace 00:01:05

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 4, Var. 3 00:00:58

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 5, Var. 4 00:00:32

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 6, Var. 5 00:00:31

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 7, Var. 6 00:00:35

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 8, Var. 7 00:01:33

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 9, Presto possible 00:00:35

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 10, Var. 8 00:00:35

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 11, Var. 9 00:01:20

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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No. 10, Finale. Alegro brillante 00:05:20

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Waldszenen, op. 82 (Robert Schumann)

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No. 7, Vogel als Prophet 00:02:19

Robert Schumann, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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DISC 3

Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23 (Frédéric Chopin)

1
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 00:07:38

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38 (Frédéric Chopin)

2
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38 00:06:44

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47 (Frédéric Chopin)

3
Ballade No. 3 in A-Flat Major, Op. 47 00:06:28

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 (Frédéric Chopin)

4
Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52 00:10:09

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4 (Frédéric Chopin)

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Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17 No. 4 00:03:44

Frederic Chopin, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Impromptu in C major (Emmanuel Chabrier)

6
Impromptu in C Major 00:04:07

Emmanuel Chabrier, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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10 Pièces pittoresques (Emmanuel Chabrier)

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No. 10, Scherzo-Valse 00:03:32

Emmanuel Chabrier, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Prélude in D Minor, Op. 103 No. 5 (Gabriel Fauré)

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Prélude in D Minor, Op. 103 No. 5 00:02:03

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Impromptu No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 102 (Gabriel Fauré)

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Impromptu No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 102 00:02:04

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 APR (P) 2019 APR

Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 (Gabriel Fauré)

10
I. Allegro molto moderato 00:08:59

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Léon Pascal, Artist - Paul Mas, Artist - Joseph Calvet, Artist

(C) 2019 APR (P) 2019 APR

11
II. Scherzo. Allegro vivo 00:05:38

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Léon Pascal, Artist - Paul Mas, Artist - Joseph Calvet, Artist

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12
III. Adagio 00:07:24

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Léon Pascal, Artist - Paul Mas, Artist - Joseph Calvet, Artist

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13
IV. Allegro molto 00:07:23

Gabriel Fauré, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Léon Pascal, Artist - Paul Mas, Artist - Joseph Calvet, Artist

(C) 2019 APR (P) 2019 APR

DISC 4

Cerdaña (Déodat de Séverac)

1
No. 5, Le retour des muletiers 00:04:33

Deodat de Severac, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Cello Sonata, L. 135 (Claude Debussy)

2
I. Prologue. Lent 00:04:10

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurice Maréchal, Artist - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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3
II. Sérénade. Modérément animé 00:02:47

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurice Maréchal, Artist - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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4
III. Final. Animé, léger et nerveux 00:03:12

Claude Debussy, Composer - Maurice Maréchal, Artist - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Epiphanie (Excerpt) [Arr. for Cello & Piano] (André Caplet)

5
Epiphanie (Excerpt) [Arr. for Cello & Piano] 00:04:22

André Caplet, Composer - Maurice Maréchal, Artist - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2019 APR (P) 2019 APR

Jeux d'eau in E Major, M. 30 (Maurice Ravel)

6
Jeux d'eau in E Major, M. 30 00:04:31

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist

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Mon lac (Georges Martin Witkowski)

7
Mon lac 00:21:51

Robert Casadesus, Artist, MainArtist - Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, Orchestra - Georges Martin Witkowski, Composer, Conductor

(C) 2019 APR (P) 2019 APR

Flute Sonata, Op. 18 (Robert Casadesus)

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I. Allegro moderato 00:04:25

Robert Casadesus, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Rene Le Roy, Artist

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II. Andante 00:03:53

Robert Casadesus, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Rene Le Roy, Artist

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III. Molto vivo 00:04:57

Robert Casadesus, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Rene Le Roy, Artist

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Album Description

Playing with clarity and a refined touch: these were recurring themes of descriptions of the subtle art of the French pianist Robert Casadesus (1899-1972). The label APR has chosen a most opportune movement to restore all the recordings that he made in the inter-war years for Columbia, from 1928 and 1939. The work was done with great care, removing surface noise without impairing the quality of the initial recording.
This publication is a goldmine for anyone who only knows Casadesus from his later recordings: here we can hear a man in the full bloom of youth. What a treat are these eleven finely-chiselled Sonatas by Scarlatti, for example: their dazzling volubility and virtuosity leave us flabbergasted. Once again, we can only admire the freedom of the pianists of the era, their sense of colour and their choices of incredibly rapid tempos. The programme, which runs to four records is as varied as it is copious, offering works from the "great repertoire" (Scarlatti, two Mozart Concertos, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin's Four Ballades), but also rare pearls that we discover or return to with pleasure, such as the delicate symphonic poem with piano, Mon Lac (inspired by the lake Paladru in the Isère) by that inimitable organiser of Lyon's musical life, Georges Martin Witkowski – a piece that Casadesus loved to play; the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Debussy with Maurice Maréchal; Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1 with the legendary Calvet Quartet; and indeed the Sonata for Flute and Piano by Casadesus himself, which he plays with René Le Roy. This anthology revives a pianist who was much-loved in his day, both at home in France and around the world and especially in the United States. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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