Pablo Casals in Puerto Rico - in the middle of 1957

from Joys and Sorrows. Reflections by Pablo Casals, as told by Albert E. Kahn, pages 274,275:

When the time came to start, I welcomed the musicians and said, “This morning let’s not really rehearse. Let’s just play to get to know one another.” And so we began with Mozart’s little A-major symphony. After that, I suggested that we play Schubert’s Fifth. I was extremely warm when we began the work – my shirt was wet with perspiration – and as we commenced the Andante movement, I felt an unusual weariness. But the beauty of the music took hold of me. At one point I told the musicians, “You must make an accent here, and it must come from the heart.” Then, a few moments …   more >>
cite as

Albert Kahn and Pablo Casals, and (ed.), Joys and Sorrows. Reflections by Pablo Casals, as told by Albert E. Kahn. In British library (London, 1970), p. 274,275. accessed: 25 July, 2024

location of experience: Puerto Rico


Pablo Casals
Cellist, Conducting

Listening to

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Mozart's A-major Symphony / Schubert's Fifth Symphony
written by Franz Schubert, Mozart
performed by Pablo Casals

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1957
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Pablo Casals was conducting the rehearsal for his own festival, "Festival Casals", while he was having a heart attack.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:09:40 +0000
Approved on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:58:33 +0000