Pablo (Paul) Casals
(Born; Vendrell, 29 Dec 1876; Died; Puerto Rico, 22 Oct
1973). Catalan cellist and composer. He studied at Barcelona from 1887 and made his début
there in 1891. After further study in Madrid and Brussels his international career began
in 1899, when he played Lalo's Concerto under Lamoureux in Paris. In 1905 he formed a trio
with Thibaud and Cortot, recording works by Schubert and Beethoven. As a soloist Casals
was renowned for his beautiful tone and intellectual strength. His playing did much to
bring Bach's suites into the repertory. He formed the Orquestra Pau Casals in Barcelona in
1919 but his activities were curtailed by the Spanish Civil War. In 1950 at Prades he
returned to music-making and later directed festivals at Perpignan and Puerto Rico. His
many pupils included Guilhermina Suggia, with whom he formed a liaison. Casals wrote
instrumental works and many choral pieces of a simple, devotional nature.
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