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Boccherini: Cello Concertos
“Ravishing playing by a born Boccherinian…” BBC Music Magazine, December 2007 ****
“…the work I enjoyed most of all, and for which I shall treasure this CD in particular, is the Octet… It is a charming and leisurely piece, with one of those seductive minuets bearing Boccherini's most personal stamp—exquisitely scored, gently witty, with a hint of nostalgia and pain lurking somewhere behind the notes. That, at any rate, is how I hear it, and I find it wholly beguiling.” Gramophone Magazine
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Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Vol. 1
“This disc is a winner, the first of a series of all 12 Boccherini cello concertos, beautifully performed on modern instruments but with concern for period practice and superbly recorded.
Each concerto has its individual delights, but the formula in all four works is similar, with strong, foursquare first movements, slow movements that sound rather Handelian, and galloping finales in triple time.
Many collectors will be concerned about the Boccherini Cello Concerto beloved of generations in Grützmacher's corrupt edition. Many years ago Jacqueline du Pré was questioned about choosing it for her recording: she promptly justified herself, saying, 'But the slow movement is so lovely.' She was quite right, as her classic recording makes clear, but that movement was transferred from another work, in fact No 7 in G, one of the four works here.
Tim Hugh's dedicated account of this lovely G minor movement is a high spot of this issue, with rapt, hushed playing not just from the soloist but also from the excellent Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Anthony Halstead. Hugh offers substantial cadenzas not just in the first movements of each work, but in slow movements and finales too, though none is as extended as the almost two minute meditation in the G minor slow movement. Halstead, as a period specialist and a horn virtuoso as well as a conductor, matches his soloist in the dedication of these performances, clarifying textures and encouraging Hugh to choose speeds on the fast side, with easily flowing slow movements and outer movements which test the soloist's virtuosity to the very limit, without sounding breathless.
Not just for those who know only the old Grützmacher concerto, all this will be a delightful discovery.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
“Tim Hugh approaches the music with lightness of touch and exemplary technique. There are cadenza-like flourishes above written accompaniments: notably in 4(i), which require, and get, extremely precise ensemble. The cellist brings unshowy virtuosity to these cheerful works.” Hi-Fi News
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Boccherini - Cello Concertos
Concerto for Cello, 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and Strings in E flat No.12
Cello Concerto No. 8 in D major, G. 478
Concerto for Cello, 2 Oboes, 2 Horns and Strings in A No.6 G 475
Cello Concerto No. 10 in D major, G. 483
Cello Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, G. 474
Concerto for Cello, 2 Trumpets, 2 Oboes and Strings in C No.11 G 573
Concerto for Cello, 2 Flutes and Strings in C No.7 G 476
Cello Concerto No. 4 in C major, G. 481
Enrico Bronzi (cello)
Accademia i Filarmonici di Verona
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