Boccherini: Cello Concertos Vol 3 / Wallfisch, Ward

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It may or may not be purely coincidental that this third volume in Naxos’s issue of the complete Boccherini Cello Concertos has been released in...
It may or may not be purely coincidental that this third volume in Naxos’s issue of the complete Boccherini Cello Concertos has been released in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death. Whatever the case, this new recording, featuring an entirely different soloist and orchestra from the previous volumes, should not disappoint collectors of the entire cycle. Raphael Wallfisch proves to be a most stylish and sympathetic performer. He has the necessary technical armoury to cope with the fearsomely difficult writing in each concerto, but also delivers a wonderfully expressive melodic line in the slow movements. Throughout Wallfisch plays his own cadenzas which are free from Romantic bluster and empty virtuosity. The partnership with the Northern Chamber Orchestra works very well, though the reverberant and muddy recording does not always serve the music to its best advantage. While the rather heavy bass line seems apposite for movements such as the Maestoso of the C major Concerto, it appears to undermine the lightness and wit of the rondo finale of the well-known B flat Concerto, and makes some of the slow movements sound more lugubrious than one might have expected. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine


Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 18, 2005


  • UPC: 747313258925


  • Catalog Number: 8557589


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: ""


  • Composer: Luigi Boccherini


  • Conductor: Nicholas Ward


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra


  • Performer: Raphael Wallfisch



Works:


  1. Concerto for Cello in B flat major, G 482

    Composer: Luigi Boccherini

    Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)

    Conductor: Nicholas Ward


  2. Concerto for Cello in D major, Op. 34/G 483

    Composer: Luigi Boccherini

    Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)

    Conductor: Nicholas Ward


  3. Concerto for Cello in C major, G 573

    Composer: Luigi Boccherini

    Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)

    Conductor: Nicholas Ward


  4. Concerto for Cello (no 12) in E flat major

    Composer: Luigi Boccherini

    Ensemble: Northern Chamber Orchestra

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)

    Conductor: Nicholas Ward