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Luigi Boccherini

Cello Concertos

  • Concerto for Cello #2 (#6) in D Major, G. 479
  • Concerto for Cello #3 (#7) in G Major, G. 480
  • Concerto for Cello #9 in B Flat Major, G. 482
  • Concerto for Cello #10 in D Major, G. 483
Wen Sinn Yang, cello
Streicherakademie Bozen/Georg Egger
Arts 47754-8 78m Hybrid Multichannel SACD Rec. 1999
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This recording is over ten years old but has been selected by Arts to receive the SACD treatment. Multichannel sound quite suits these works which require a certain amount of dexterity by the soloists and a judicious balance between the orchestra and the instrument. Yang is definitely a fine exponent of the cello part which calls for excellent technical virtuosity especially in the faster movements – this is very much in evidence in the Finale of #2 which is especially demanding.

Nos. 9 and 10 also include wind instruments alongside the cello and in the former we have the oboes and horns while in the latter there are just horns. Both make for a pleasing alternative to the stringed instruments although it is a pity that the soloists are not named. Otherwise this is a well-annotated, splendidly recorded disc which should appeal to those who are cognizant of this Italian 18th century repertoire.

Copyright © 2010, Gerald Fenech.