Pau Casals Defilló
El Vendrell , 1876
San Juan , 1973
Composer, Performer i Teacher


Cellist, conductor and composer. He studied at Escola Municipal de Barcelona (1888-93), while playing at cafes. Later on, he obtained scholarships and continued his studies in Madrid, Brussels and Paris (1893-96). Back to Barcelona in 1896, he was appointed professor at Escola Municipal and in 1897 he began touring Spain with Granados and Crickboom. Between 1899 and 1903, he toured around Europe, the USA and Latin America. Shortly after, he formed a trio with A. Cortot and J. Thibaud (1906-33) and performed all over the world. In Barcelona, he founded the Pau Casals Orchestra (1919) and the Associació Obrera de Concerts (1926). From 1938, he lived in exile in Prada and in Puerto Rico (1957). As a political protest, he did not perform until 1950, when he resumed the composition of the oratorio El Pessebre. After his performance of Bach's solo cello suites, he has been considered a reformist of the cello technique. He composed 61 works (some orchestrated by his brother Enric) and made numerous transcripts. For his social commitment he received the UN Peace Medal (1971).

Com sona
Cor dels Reis Màgics
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Romança sense paraules, op. 109
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai: El vol del borinot d'El conte del tsar Saltan
Wagner, Richard: O du mein holder Abendstern de Tannhäuser
Wagner, Richard: Morgenlich leuchtend d'Els mestres cantaires de Nuremberg
Chopin, Fryderyk: Nocturn n. 2, op. 9
Chopin, Fryderyk: Preludi n. 15, op. 28
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Dotze variacions sobre Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen de La flauta màgica de Mozart
Saint-Saëns, Camille: El cigne d'El Carnaval dels animals
Schubert, Franz: Trio amb piano n. 1, D 898
Godard, Benjamin: Berceuse de Jocelyn, op. 100
Schumann, Robert: Abendlied de 6 Gesänge, op. 107
Tartini, Giuseppe: Grave del Concerto
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Komm, süsser Tod, komm sel'ge Ruh', BWV 478
Dvořák, Antonín: Concert per a violoncel, op. 104
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Andante de la Suite en re, BWV 1068
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Air de la Suite en re, BWV 1068
Fauré, Gabriel: Après un rêve de les Tres melodies, op. 7
Popper, David: Chanson villageoise d'Stücke, op. 62
Debussy, Claude: Minuet de la Petite suite
Hillemacher, Paul-Lucien: Gavotte tendre
Boccherini, Luigi: Concert per a violoncel i orquestra n. 9 G 482
Elgar, Edward: Concert per a violoncel en mi menor, op. 85
Haydn, Joseph: Trio amb piano n. 25, H XV
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Final del Trio amb piano, op. 49
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Trio amb piano, op. 97
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Sonata, op. 69
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Minuet n. 2, WoO 10
Schumann, Robert: Träumerei d'Escenes d'infants
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Coriolan, obertura
Bruch, Max: Kol nidrei
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Simfonia n. 4
Beethoven, Ludwig van: Simfonia n. 1
Popper, David: Vito d'Spanische Tänze
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Tocata, BWV 564