WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Boccherini: Madrid / Gaillard, Piau, Pulcinella Ensemble


Release Date: 01/29/2008 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 126   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Ophelie GaillardSandrine Piau
Conductor:  Ophelie Gaillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Pulcinella
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
This title is currently unavailable.



Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cellist Ophélie Gaillard has gathered around her a ‘collective’ of virtuoso soloists, Pulcinella. A bonus DVD shows them rehearsing together, arriving at conclusions by consensus, yet with no hint of compromise in the musical outcome. Rather, they create striking synergy. Boccherini’s virtuosic demands are formidable. Gaillard describes the ‘eternal snows’ – the area of her strings covered in rosin dust into which she is frequently drawn – and the exotic sounds inspired by Spain, Spanish America and Africa, including upward and downward slides and rattling spiccato to imitate castanets. The effects are concentrated especially in the Fandango from Boccherini’s Quintet G448, enhanced with real castanets, drums and vibrant guitars. Read more Almost a quarter-hour of music, virtually all on two chords, develops great energy sustained even through moments of near-silence. The concertos, too, test cello to the limit, well balanced by the one-to-a-part ‘orchestra’ including fortepiano continuo in G483 and a glorious slow movement with guitar in G480. Gaillard’s cadenza includes a witty reference to Mozart’s Figaro. The concert aria is a magnificent account, testing virtuosity – from Gaillard’s cello and Sandrine Piau’s vocal coloratura, spot-on throughout, culminating in a subtly-prepared duet-cadenza. Here, as throughout, you can sense the sheer delight of the performers. Recording is quite close, (breathing sometimes audibly passionate) and positively sparkles in a warm, resonant acoustic. A disc throwing new light on Boccherini both as cello virtuoso and composer. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- George Pratt, BBC Music Magazine

This release includes a DVD bonus disc in PAL format.
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Guitar and Strings no 4 in D major, G 448 "Fandango": Fandango by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Ophelie Gaillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Pulcinella
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Spain 
2.
Concerto for Cello in D major, Op. 34/G 483 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Ophelie Gaillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Pulcinella
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1785 
3.
Aria Accadémica, G 557 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ophelie Gaillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Pulcinella
Period: Classical 
Written: Italy 
4.
Concerto for Cello in G major, G 480 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Ophelie Gaillard (Cello)
Conductor:  Ophelie Gaillard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Pulcinella
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1771 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In