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Boccherini: Cello Concerto In B Flat Major; J.c. Bach: Sinfonia Concertante In A Major; Grand Overture (Symphony) Op. 18 No. 1

Release Date: 01/08/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 755362   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Luigi BoccheriniJohann Christian Bach
Performer:  Yo-Yo MaPinchas ZukermanLayton James
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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) and Read 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 482 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
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 34 by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
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. 
Grand Overtures (6), Op. 18: no 1 in E flat major for Double Orchestra by Johann Christian Bach
Performer:  Layton James (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/31/1981 
Venue:  O'Shaughnessy Hall, St. Paul, MN 
Length: 13 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Elegant beauty November 14, 2017 By 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
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