Encores: Popper, Debussy, Godard, Sgambati, Chopin, Wagner, Falla, Elgar, Boccherini, Granados, Saint-Saëns (Alban Gerhardt, Cecile Licad) (2011)
Classical | Eac. Flac, Image+Cue, Log | Scans | 265 MB
Label: Hyperion | TT: 72:41
Celebrated for his pivotal role in resurrecting the Bach suites for solo cello and championing their performance throughout his career, Pablo Casals' repertoire was much more far-reaching. Perhaps the best way to observe the breadth of his interests is to investigate the works he chose to perform as encores. Flashy, virtuosic show pieces certainly had their place in this repertoire, but Casals looked more favorable upon works that highlighted the more lyrical, soulful aspects of his instrument. Not content with the pieces already available to him, Casals was also responsible for greatly increasing the repertoire by contributing his own transcriptions, often of works by little-known composers.