Hard to believe, but I've accumulated three recordings with these two J. C. Bach pieces over the years. One is an antique—Sacher conducting on a Philips Wjorld Series LP with real fake stereo. The second was the notorious Collegium Aureum/German Harmonia Mundi LP that ran for a total of less than 28 minutes. But you needn't concern yourself with either; even if they were still available, neither comes close to matching the present disc for beauty of playing or richness of sound. Besides, the main attraction of the current offering is the Boccherini concerto, which receives a masterful reading—elegant and eloquent—from cellist Ma. Zukerman provides distinguished support in his twin roles as partner (in the Sinfonia concertante) andRead more conductor; the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is, as expected, absolutely first-rate, and CBS' sound is warm and full. I've been humming themes from the Boccherini concerto for days. Heartily recommended.
George Chien, Fanfare (review of original release, CBS 39964) Read less
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Cello in B flat major, G 482by Luigi Boccherini Performer:
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Period: Classical Written: ?1785 Date of Recording: 03/29/1982 Venue: O'Shaughnessy Hall, St. Paul, MN Length: 19 Minutes 26 Secs.
Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Cello in A major, C 34by Johann Christian Bach Performer:
Yo-Yo Ma (Cello),
Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Period: Classical Written: circa 1773; Paris, France Date of Recording: 03/29/1982 Venue: O'Shaughnessy Hall, St. Paul, MN Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs.
Elegant beautyNovember 14, 2017By M. Quinn (San Francisco, CA)See All My Reviews"This is a gorgeous recording with a superb and impassioned performance by Yo-Yo Ma. To some degree I wonder if it is rather Romantic on Ma's part during the solo parts. Once his solo ends it can feel like a time-jump from Romantic back to Classical equipoise as the orchestra comes back in. But that's interesting in its own right, an example of our multi-faceted tastes."Report Abuse