I would appreciate recommendations for music stores in Barcelona or Madrid that sell classical music CDs or sheet music. For the latter, I am particularly interested in the arrangements for cello that Pablo Casals made. Thanks.
Hi, very good, very interesting question. Thanks for asking. You should visit Casa Beethoven on Les Rambles first. Haven’t been there for years but they’re a good bet. Used to be that if they didn’t have the music you wanted they’d get it for you or else tell you who had it. Here’s a link:http://www.casabeethoven.com/en. Good luck. Enjoy your visit. BTW My partner and I will be visiting the Pau Casals museum on Friday. An hour train ride from Barcelona.
FNAC sells cd's.
Thanks, both. Re Casals, I will be taking a day private tour from Barcelona in early October to visit his birthplace, grave, and the Museum. I'm a cellist so I couldn't go to Barcelona without paying homage to him.
Bravo! Good for you. Enjoy.
@susan_lauscher please post what you find! i am also a cellist and would love to know where that little music shop in barcelona was that casals first rediscovered the suites. what a lovely idea for a tour.
Hi, the ‘little’ music shop in Barcelona where Pau Casals first rediscovered the suites was probably the music store that became known known as New-Phono, situated at 35-37-39-40 Carrer Ample (en català). Sadly the shop went into liquidation in September last year — a victim the owners said, of it being now too easy for customers to buy instruments, music and accessories, such as metronomes via the internet.
The original music shop at this address began selling sheet music in 1834 at 35 Carrer Ample/Calle Ancha.
Casals was 13 years old when he discovered the music, so that would have been 1889 — when the shop was still principally a sheet music store.
In 1906 the shop was renamed by a new owner as New-Phono which sold musical instruments and gramophones, discs and rolls of music for pianolas. The shop was expanded to include the site of the adjacent shop.
In 1920 the shop owners converted rooms above the shop into a small workshop to make its own brand radios.
In 1955 the shop began selling the new generation of electrified musical instruments, guitars and organs as well as amplifiers and speakers.
In 1960 the shop was taken on by the grandson of the founder.
I cannot state absolutely definitively that this is the same music shop that the young Casals visited — but the location and the dates all tie up — so I would be surprised if it wasn’t. It wouldn’t hurt to walk by. In fact I may do so myself. If it was the very same shop then the City Hall and, maybe, the Pau Casals Foundation, should put a plaque there to record Casals’s fateful visit. I will investigate further. Interestingly the store is not so very far from the apartment where Chopin stayed during his time in Barcelona. And then, of course, there's the house Schoenberg lived in, up near Park Güell, and the house where Enric Granados lived and gave recitals and classes on Avinguda Tibidabo.
Some suggestions for a classical music lover visiting Barcelona "in early October"....
- The aforementioned visit to Casa Beethoven
- Needless to say, a visit to the Pau Casals Foundation and Museum
- A guided visit to Palau de la Música Catalana, or even better, attend a concert in this magnificent music hall (*)
- If a Saturday, a guided visit to the Auditorium + a concert
- On Sun Oct 6th, a free concert at the lovely Monestir de Pedralbes, by the Barcelona Municipal Band
- A visit to a couple of the many luthiers in Barcelona, I recommend https://luthiervidal.com/en/ and http://casaparramon.com/en/ At the first one, maybe (maybe!) you could convince one of the artisans, or Xavier Vidal himself, to allow you into their workshop for a flash visit and see how they work on the instruments
- Some vinyl shops, from all genres, in the city here.
- Unfortunately Pau Casals Annual Day, with plenty of activities, is celebrated in June, so you better plan your next trip to Barcelona!
(*) Highlights (to me!) in early October:
- not my cup of tea, yet... https://www.liceubarcelona.cat/en/temporada-2019-2020/other-shows/paco-montalvo but this one is performed at El Liceu Opera House instead.
Wonderful information, thank you for sharing!!
I'm back from my three week trip to Spain and wanted to report in. The day I spent with a private guide going to El Vendrell and San Salvador to visit the Casals sites was great! In El Vendrell, we visited Casals' childhood home which has a small museum, saw his statue in the square, and paid a visit to his grave. Did you know that the American pianist (and husband of Marta Casals after Casals died) Eugene Istomin is buried in the same plot? We then drove to San Salvador, right on the Mediterranean, to visit Casals villa/Casals Museum. Be sure to leave at least an hour or two to visit, and make a reservation to dine outdoors on the terrace. Who can object to seafood paella with a glass of wine while gazing at the Mediterranean?
In Barcelona, I paid a visit to the Casa Beethoven, which is right on La Rambla. The staff was very helpful as I was looking through all of the solo cello music. One of the employees would notice what piece of music I was looking at and would pull up a recording of it on YouTube. I ended up buying about 100 Euros of cello music, including a solo suite that Enrique Casals wrote for his brother (who knew that Casals even had a brother [who was a professional violinist]). It sounds like Bach if he were born in Catalonia.
I also did take a guided tour of the Palace of Catalan Music in Barcelona. The building is not to be missed!
Hi, thank you for reporting back. Thanks for making the time and effort. Glad you made a visit to Casa Beethoven. Pleased to read that you had an interesting, informative and great time.
Susan, wonderful report, thanks. Glad to hear you had a good time in my hometown.
Just to point out Casals brother's name was Enric -like me-, not Enrique.