Magazine article Gramophone

Robert Casadesus's Art

Magazine article Gramophone

Robert Casadesus's Art

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Catch-up time now and a Scribendum set devoted to the French pianist and composer Robert Casadesus, the 'other' 1950s classical pianist, besides Rudolf Serkin, on CBS/Sony's books. I say 'classical' because both pianists made a distinguished series of Mozart concerto recordings but while Sony have given us all of Serkin's recordings, duplications included, Scribendum take the economic route and offer just one version per work which means, for example, the stereo rather than the mono cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas with Zino Francescatti, all fire and ice, though both versions of Mozart's Double Piano Concerto are included. Still, there are miracles aplenty, not least Schumann's Dichterliehe eloquently sung by Pierre Bernac, and the live version of Brahms's Second Piano Concerto with Carl Schuricht that I mentioned in this column not too long ago, rugged, assertive playing, the sort that rightfully places this greatest of all Romantic piano concertos on the highest pedestal. Casadesus's solo Ravel is rightly celebrated though I prefer his Debussy, also included (the Preludes especially memorable). Recordings with Mme Casadesus (Gaby) include works by Faure, Schubert, Mozart, Bartok and Casadesus himself. …

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