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Boccherini: Cello Concertos Vol 3 / Wallfisch, Ward


Release Date: 01/18/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557589   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It may or may not be purely coincidental that this third volume in Naxos’s issue of the complete Boccherini Cello Concertos has been released in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death. Whatever the case, this new recording, featuring an entirely different soloist and orchestra from the previous volumes, should not disappoint collectors of the entire cycle. Raphael Wallfisch proves to be a most stylish and sympathetic performer. He has the necessary technical armoury to cope with the fearsomely difficult writing in each concerto, but also delivers a wonderfully expressive melodic line in the slow movements. Throughout Wallfisch plays his own cadenzas which are free from Romantic bluster and empty virtuosity. The Read more partnership with the Northern Chamber Orchestra works very well, though the reverberant and muddy recording does not always serve the music to its best advantage. While the rather heavy bass line seems apposite for movements such as the Maestoso of the C major Concerto, it appears to undermine the lightness and wit of the rondo finale of the well-known B flat Concerto, and makes some of the slow movements sound more lugubrious than one might have expected. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Cello in B flat major, G 482 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1785 
Venue:  St Thomas' Church, Stockport, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Raphael Wallfisch performs his own cadenzas.
St Thomas' Church, Stockport, England (05/27/2004 - 05/29/2004) 
2.
Concerto for Cello in D major, Op. 34/G 483 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1785 
Venue:  St Thomas' Church, Stockport, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: Raphael Wallfisch performs his own cadenzas.
St Thomas' Church, Stockport, England (05/27/2004 - 05/29/2004) 
3.
Concerto for Cello in C major, G 573 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Venue:  St Thomas' Church, Stockport, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Raphael Wallfisch performs his own cadenzas.
St Thomas' Church, Stockport, England (05/27/2004 - 05/29/2004) 
4.
Concerto for Cello (no 12) in E flat major by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Raphael Wallfisch (Cello)
Conductor:  Nicholas Ward
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Venue:  St Thomas' Church, Stockport, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Raphael Wallfisch performs his own cadenzas.
St Thomas' Church, Stockport, England (05/27/2004 - 05/29/2004) 

Sound Samples

Cello Concerto in B flat major (arr. F. Grutzmacher): I. Allegro moderato
Cello Concerto in B flat major (arr. F. Grutzmacher): II. Andante grazioso
Cello Concerto in B flat major (arr. F. Grutzmacher): III. Rondo: Allegro
Cello Concerto in D major, G. 483: I. Allegro moderato
Cello Concerto in D major, G. 483: II. Andante lentarello
Cello Concerto in D major, G. 483: III. Allegro e con moto
Cello Concerto in C major, G. 573: I. Maestoso
Cello Concerto in C major, G. 573: II. Largo cantabile
Cello Concerto in C major, G. 573: III. Allegro comodo
Cello Concerto in E flat major, G. deest: I. Maestoso
Cello Concerto in E flat major, G. deest: II. Largo
Cello Concerto in E flat major, G. deest: III. Allegro

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