Pablo Casals in Berlin - in the middle of the 1920's

from Cellist- Gregor Piatigorsky, pages 128-129:

“Mr. Casals,” I was introduced to a little bald man with a pipe. He said that he was pleased to meet young musicians such as Serkin and me. Rudolf Serkin, who stood stiffly next to me, seemed, like myself, to be fighting his diffidence. Rudi had played before my arrival, and Casals now wanted to hear us together. Beethoven’s D-Major Sonata was on the piano. “Why don’t you play it?” asked Casals. Both nervous and barely knowing each other, we gave a poor performance that terminated somewhere in the middle. / “Bravo! Bravo! Wonderful!” Casals applauded. Francesco brought the …   more >>
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Gregor Piatigorsky, Cellist- Gregor Piatigorsky (New York, 1976), p. 128-129. accessed: 16 July, 2024

location of experience: Berlin


Pablo Casals
Cellist, Conducting

Listening to

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Beethoven's D-Major Sonata / Schumann Cello Concerto / Bach
written by Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors


Pablo Casal's impressions of Piatigorsky's playing. They met at the Von Mendelssohns' house.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:24:06 +0000
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:09:10 +0000