CASALS plays Elgar and Brahms

This week's new release brings together two major HMV cello recordings made by Pau Casals: the 1945 Elgar Cello Concerto with Boult and the 1936 Brahms Cello Sonata No. 2 with pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski in new, XR-remastered transfers by Andrew Rose.

The cello did record very well in the world of the 78rpm disc and its limited upper frequency range, and the recordings presented here illustrate this very well: you don't need the extended upper frequencies of vinyl or CD to capture almost everything that's produced by a lower-register instrument like the cello, and what we do have has come out incredibly well. There are also four bonus tracks recorded in the late 1920s - all brilliantly played by one of the greatest of all cellists.

MOZART PROMOTION: From 3pm Paris time Friday 3 December, and for exactly one week, we mark the 230th anniversary of the death in 1791 of Mozart, with a 20% discount on all our recordings of his music in download or CD format - the discount is automatic and applied at the checkout.