I totally agree with Hiram Pardo's comments about this historic recording. The sound is very fine remastered MONO from 1950 (oddly not mentioned anywhere on the packaging. I guess Sony/BMG assumed we are all smart enough to know that...). The Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with Eugene Istomin is especially fine, but my heart still belongs to Casal's recording 15 years later with Rudolf Serkin and the Marlboro Festival Orchestra Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4-6; Orchestral Suite No.4.
Nevertheless, this is a "desert island" recording. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! P.S. If, as a listener, you are interested in Bach and Bach's performers since the beginning of sound recordings from early in the 20th Century, I highly recommend Paul Elie's "Reinventing Bach" Reinventing Bach. Elie's chapters on Casals and his life-long love affair with the six Unaccompanied Cello Suites, Albert Schweitzer and Bach's organ works, Roslayn Tureck/Glenn Gould and Bach on piano, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Bach Cantatas, plus much more, are especially enjoyable. This unusal, but very welcome, book wonderfully illuminates the life-affairimg music of, perhaps, the greatest musician of all time.
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