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|Document Type:||Sound Recording|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Pablo Casals; Olga Iglesias; Maureen Forrester; Paulino Saharrea; Carlos Serrano, (Baritone); Pablo Elvira; Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico. Coro.
|Language Note:||Sung in Catalan.|
|Notes:||Based on poem by Joan Alavedra.
Text printed on album with English translation.
Program notes in English ( p.) inserted.
|Performer(s):||Olga Iglesias, soprano; Maureen Forrester, mezzo-soprano; Paulino Saharrea, tenor; Carlos Serrano, baritone; Pablo Elvira, bass-baritone; Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music Chorus; Festival Casals Orchestra of Puerto Rico ; Pablo Casals, conductor.|
|Description:||2 sound discs : 33 1/3 rpm, stereo. ; 12 in.|
Pablo Casals conducts his oratorio El pessebre
Table of Contents:
Side One 1-Preludi: Sardana (Prelude) - Orchestra 2-Anuciacio Als Pastors - Annunciation To The Shepherds - Olga Iglesias, Paulino Saharrea, Male Chorus On the way To Bethlehem 3-L'Home Del Pou - The Man At The Well - Paulino Saharrea, Pablo Elvira, Male Chorus 4-El Pescador - The Fisherman - Paulino Saharrea, Pablo Elvira 5-L'Home Que Llaura - The Man Who Plows - Paulino Saharrea, Carlos Serrano, Pablo Elvira Side 2 6-L'Estel - The Star - Olga Iglesias, Chorus 7-La Parella De La Portadora - The Man And The Woman Who Carry The Grapes - Paulino Saharrea, Pablo Elvira, Chorus 8-La Vella Que Fila - The Woman Who Spins - Maureen Forrester, Paulino Saharrea The Caravan To Bethlehem - Paulino Saharrea, Orchestra 9-Els Tres Pratjes - The Three Pages - Paulino Saharrea, Carlos Serrano, Pablo Elvira Side 3 10-Chor Del Camells - Chorus of Camels - Paulino Saharrea, Chorus 11-Chor Dels Reis Magics - Chorus Of The Three Kings - Chorus 12-Preludi Del Pessebre - Intermezzo - Orchestra The Manger 13-La Mare De Déu - The Mother Of God - Olga Iglesias, Chorus 14-Sant Josep - St. Joseph - Paulino Saharrea 15-La Mula De L'Estable - The Mule In The Stable - Maureen Forrester 16-El Bou De L'Estable - The Ox In The Stable - Pablo Elvira Side 4 The Adoration 17-La Nit De Nadal - The Night Of The Birth - Carlos Serrano 18-El Plor De L'Infant Jesus - The Tears Of The Infant Jesus - Chorus 19-Els Tres Reis - Offerings Of The Three Kings And The Shepherds - Olga Iglesias, Maureen Forrester, Paulino Saharrea, Carlos Serrano, Pablo Elvira, Chorus 20-Hosanna - Olga Iglesias, Maureen Forrester, Paulino Saharrea, Pablo Elvira, Chorus 21-Gloria - Olga Iglesias, Pablo Elvira, Chorus
Recorded for Columbia Records (vinyl lp) M2 32966. Date of release is not known to me. There are two lps, never released on cd. I attended one of the Carnegie Hall performances on June 22, 1962. From the notes of the recording: "From 1962 until his death, Casals conducted "El Pessebre" 74 times in such cities as San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Omaha, Washington, D.C. and in Florida, Puerto Rico, South America and Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Germany, Hungary, Greece, and - in it's most significant hearing - at the United Nations in New York. .... The purpose of "El Pessebre" is to make its hearers "feel, knowing that feeling can open the door to thought. And thought and feeling together, will enable Peace to illuminate the pathway of those who are endeavoring to seekout routes to other worlds without yet having learned to live free and happy in this one." This is Pablo Casals message and this was his crusade. And Peace could have no better champion than this great artist, loyal and steadfast in his belief that one day the star will shine again to light men's way to truth. -Alfredo Matilla