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The Age of the Talking Machine:
A Review of Vintage Recordings

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 46 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

Byron Bryant and Will Ogden review vintage recordings from the beginning of the 20th Century, focusing on the early cello recording of Pablo Casals, made between 1915 to 1926. Although the quality of the recordings made with an assortment of early technologies are scratchy at times, the strength of the performances, especially those by Casals, can not be denied. At a time when many great performers were heard only in the concert halls, and for that reason their reputations are perhaps diminished in the minds of many today, the genius of Pablo Casals was thankfully captured in these vintage recordings. Thus cementing his reputation as one of the greatest cellists of all time. Bryant and Ogdon play a selection of these very early recordings, comparing different performers, and commenting on the quality of the various techniques used to obtain these precious audio artifacts.

Musical Selections:  Intermezzo [excerpt, from “Goyescas ”] (1913-15) (3:09) / Enrique Granados -- The Swan (1887) (2:33) / Camille Saint-Saëns -- Adagio [from “Concerto in D Minor”] (4:17) / Giuseppe Tartini -- The Angel’s Whisper (ca. 1834) (2:23) / Samuel Lover -- Le rouet (1:29) / Joseph Hollman -- Extase (1:11) / Joseph Hollman -- Tarantella, Op. 33 (3:27) / David Popper -- Gigue [from “Suite No. 3 in C Major, BMV 1009”] (ca. 1720) (2:50) / Johann Sebastian Bach -- Larghetto in D Major [from “Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581”, arr. for cello] (1789) (4:43) / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- Romance (3:49) / Bartolomeo Campagnoli -- Minuet (2:23) / George Frideric Handel
Performers:  Pablo Casals, cello (all, except those below)
Victor Herbert, cello (Angel’s)
Joseph Hollman, cello (Rouet ; Extase)
Cornelius Van Vliet, cello (Tarantella)
Genres:  Classical Music; 20th Century Classical
Subject:  Casals, Pablo, 1876-1973; 20th century classical; 19th century classical; 18th century classical; Cello and piano music; Concertos (Cello); Suites (Cello); Quintets (Clarinet, violins (2), viola, cello)
People:  Bryant, Byron; Ogdon, Will, 1921-; Granados, Enrique, 1867-1916; Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921; Tartini, Giuseppe, 1692-1770; Casals, Pablo, 1876-1973; Lover, Samuel, 1797-1868; Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924; Hollman, J. (Joseph), 1852-1927; Popper, David, 1843-1913; Van Vliet, Cornelius; Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791; Campagnoli, Bartolomeo, 1751-1827; Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759
Recording Date:  9/3/1962
First Broadcast Date:  9/4/1962
 
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