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Alfredo Piatti: 12 Caprices For Cello / Soo Bae

Piatti / Soo Bae
Release Date: 06/28/2011 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570782   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfredo Piatti
Performer:  Soo Bae
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Nearly an hour of solo cello music can be a slog, even if it's Bach, and for all his charm, Alfredo Piatti was no Bach. It's a tribute, then, to Canadian cellist Soo Bae that she manages to sustain the interest (and attractiveness) of this program throughout its entire length--not that you have to take it in all at once. Piatti was one of the major cello virtuosos primarily resident in England in the latter half of the 19th century. He played (on and off) in the Joachim Quartet--so did a lot of others--and according to composer and RAM Principal Alexander Mackenzie he was a cellist of the old school, who used vibrato selectively in melodic passages.

The Capriccio really is a delicious concoction, and even in the double- and
Read more triple-stops of its opening, Soo Bae never succumbs to the "dying cow" syndrome that plagues so many cellists in chordal writing. Her handling of the Andante religioso opening of the Second Caprice is particularly smooth and stylish, and whether she knows (or cares) about Piatti's own predilections, her vibrato is, for the most part, unobtrusively and appropriately displayed. There's a lot of virtuoso fiddling here also in the quicker numbers, but as I said, you don't have to listen to the entire program at a sitting. So: fine playing, a novel program, and excellent sonics (and for what it's worth, the cello is a Strad).

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Capriccio for Cello on a theme from Pacini's "Niobe", Op. 21 by Alfredo Piatti
Performer:  Soo Bae (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
2. Caprices (12) for Cello solo, Op. 25 by Alfredo Piatti
Performer:  Soo Bae (Cello)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1875; Italy 

Sound Samples

Capriccio on a Theme from Pacini's Niobe, Op. 22
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 1. Allegro quasi presto
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 2. Andante religioso
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 3. Moderato
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 4. Allegretto
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 5. Allegro comodo
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 6. Adagio largamente
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 7. Maestoso
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 8. Moderato ma energico
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 9. Allegro
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 10. Allegro deciso
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 11. Adagio
12 Caprices, Op. 25: No. 12. Allegretto capriccioso

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