How’s Casals’ cello sounding these days?

How’s Casals’ cello sounding these days?


norman lebrecht

July 07, 2018

Amit Peled has just recorded Volume 1 of the Bach suites on the same Gofriller that Pablo Casals took into studio in 1936.

Spot the difference?


  • Caravaggio says:

    Good to find this. Is the recording out? There are of course many fine renditions of these suites but Casals’ retains a certain patina and humanity that are unerasable and unforgettable after all the decades gone by. And Casals not only “discovered” the scores but recorded them first.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Several years ago, at the Lev Aronson Festival, he gave a recital with that same cello performing the same music that Casals had performed at a recital exactly 100 years earlier.

  • msc says:

    Matt Haimowitz plays a beautiful 1710 Goffriller that I have had the pleasure of hearing several times at distances of no more than twenty feet. It has a wonderful tone — as fine as any, I think.

    • AA says:

      Helps when you’re Matt H! Both he and Peled are amazing musicians and genuinely nice people- I’ve heard both in an intimate hall and you’re right.-gorgeous color.

  • carlos2bass says:

    Fantastic cellist, teacher and cello ambassador; the instrument is in good hands.