In a career spanning 50 years, Robert Casadesus built up an absolutely unique cultural heritage.
3,000 concerts, a considerable discography, a catalogue of 69 works, films and numerous educational speeches are signs of a great creative richness that now makes him considered one of the greatest French musicians of the 20th century.
His double vocation of performer-composer gave him the rare privilege of being both the observer and the perpetuator of the principal French musical currents of the 20th century. Commenting on an interpretation of Le Gibet, Ravel would say of him: “You must be a composer yourself in order to understand the music of others so well.”
The USA, where a major portion of his career took place, paid him an exemplary tribute: in the firmament of those rare French stars recognized in America, his star shines in Hollywood, alongside those of Rubinstein and Horowitz.
In audio and video, listen to Robert Casadesus recount his memories during radio interviews or view sequences shot during his lifetime.
Many writings have illustrated the life of Robert Casadesus. The bibliography and filmography menus allow you to access lists of works and video documents dedicated to the artist, while Programs is a collection of period programs.
A visit to ‘Exhibition‘ will enable you to appreciate the artist’s familiar objects, whereas the Documents section brings together numerous writings (newspaper articles, contemporary programmes, books), as well as audio and video excerpts.
You can also directly access the chronological and family albums in the photo galleries.
New Robert Casadesus website
On the 50th anniversary of his passing in 1972, we are very proud to launch the redesign of the Robert Casadesus site. Here you will find everything from the old site with even more details in the texts and higher resolution photos. We have a program in 2022 to commemorate his life that we’ll be announcing soon, and this relaunch is the first part of it. Please come back for further announcements and feel free to send us your comments and questions. Welcome!
– The family of Robert Casadesus.
The complete collection of Columbia albums recorded between 1940 et 1969.
A 65 CD box set including many remastered recordings, most of which have never been released on CD.
Music Review by David Mermelstein from the April 9, 2019 edition of the Wall Street Journal :
Casadesus : Hard to Say, Easy to Listen To
A 65-CD tribute to the now-obscure French pianist Robert Casadesus highlights his broad classical repertory and reveals why he was so popular during his life.