Pau Carles Salvador Casals i Defilló (December 29 1876 – October 22, 1973), best known during his professional career as Pablo Casals, was a virtuoso Spanish cellist and later conductor. He made many recordings throughout his career, of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, also as conductor, but Casals is perhaps best remembered for the recording of the Bach: Cello Suites he made from 1936 to 1939.
Casals was born in El Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain. His father, Carles Casals i Ribes (1852-1908), was a parish organist and choirmaster. He gave Casals instruction in piano, violin, and organ. At age four Casals could play the violin, piano and flute. When Casals was eleven, he first heard the cello performed by a group of traveling musicians, and decided to dedicate himself to the instrument.
In 1888 his mother, Pilar Defilló de Casals, who was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico of Catalonian ancestry, took him to Barcelona, where he enrolled in the Escola Municipal de Música. There he...
Track listing: No. 1 in G - I: Prelude (Moderato)No. 1 in G - II: Allemande (Molto moderato)No. 1 in G - III: Courante (Allegro non troppo)No. 1 in G - IV: Sarabande (Lento)No. 1 in G - V: Menuetto I & II (Allegro moderato)No. 1 in G - VI: Gigue (Vivace)No. 2 in D minor - I. PraeludiumNo. 2 in D minor - II: AllemandeNo. 2 in D minor - III: CouranteNo. 2 in D minor - IV: SarabandeNo. 2 in D minor - V: Menuetto I & IINo. 2 in D minor - VI: GigueNo. 3 in C - I: PraeludiumNo. 3 in C - II: AllemandeNo. 3 in C - III: CouranteNo. 3 in C - IV: SarabandeNo. 3 in C - V: Bourrée I & IINo. 3 in C - VI: Gigue