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  • Performer: Timothy Hugh
  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Anthony Halstead
  • Composer: Luigi Boccherini
  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • ASIN: B00003L1XI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on April 11, 2008
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This is a repeat of my review of volume 1:

Boccherini's stature as a great composer stands chiefly on his works for cello - these concertos, the cello sonatas, and above all the quintets for two violins, viola, and two cellos. The two performances by Tim Hugh and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, produced by Naxos, may not set the bar for interpretive brilliance, but Mr. Hugh plays beautifully, with excellent tone in his highest passages, and the price is right. If you haven't given Boccherini a listener's chance, these two CDs, sold separately, might open your ears.

What makes a great concerto? Foremost, I think, is the rich exploitation of the solo instrument's full musical possibilities for expression and for virtuosity. By that standard, Boccherini's concertos for cello are almost unequaled. Boccherini was himself a virtuosic cellist, noted for his ability to make sonorous sense of the instrument's highest range, often playing passages well into the viola's territory. Then there's the dialogue between the orchestra and the soloist, and again I think Boccherini excels. Perhaps he makes it too easy, too graceful, so that the listener is deceived by his effortlessness. Believe me, his technical resources - counterpoint, modulation, etc. - are superb. And of course, there's the bravura of the concerto, the ability to make an emotional impact on a listener. The concerto is the most audience-conscious of all forms; if you listen to these concertos without feeling touched and stirred, then my praise is all hollow and poor Luigi is a second-rater. Personally, however, I relish these cello concertos as much as any of Mozart's except perhaps the inimitable Clarinet Concerto.

Comparisons with Mozart and Haydn seem to be Boccherini's eternal fate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on August 30, 2008
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Boccherini: Cello Concertos Nos. 5-8 is a very nice recording under the direction of Anthony Hlastead, Tim Hugh playing the cello and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The sound quality is very crisp and nice. Being a Naxos production the book-let is very short, but they have sellected a very beautifull painting on the cover. John Marlow Rhys has written a very well-written essay on the work in question, i.e., "Cello Concertos Vol. 2". I definitely recommend this recording. 5 well-deserved stars!
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By zerosykess on March 16, 2012
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Once again great job Naxos for a quality product ! Great sound and production !! These cello concertos are outstanding!!!! This guy had musical expertise and aptitude of the highest order !

Boccherini was a talented virtuosic most people don't know much about. He was a virtuoso cellist and took his cello compositions to a new light. I have all the Haydn Baryton Trios and works by Beethoven and Vivaldi. These works equal and exceed in many cases those works. Boccherini has a unique compositional style of a musical potentate

Listen to Boccherini's quartets, quintets, concertos, symphonies, and piano music and hear a diverse capacity of elite skills and artful astuteness. Boccherini is listed in the Guinness Book of Music Facts and Feats as "the most ingratiating composer." His sound is as aristocratic as Mozart.

Great used cd price made these cello concertos an awesome aquisition !! Make sure to get Vol. 1 (#1-4) and Vol. 3 (#9-12). They are fantastic !!!

Good day friends !
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Barbarie on December 27, 2007
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Why must any mention of Boccherini invoke Haydn? The comparison of the two composers' styles has become mandatory, as has the re-counting of the stupid "Fraulein Haydn" nickname. It's time for a divorce.

In these works, Boccherini writes for his speciality -- the cello. The comparisons -- since comparisons are mandatory, it seems -- that spring to mind actually are not from the 18th century. Rather, I think of Rossini's solo-cello parts in his opera overtures ("William Tell" is the obvious instance, but there are others) or Offenbach's concerti and cello duo works. In all three instances, you have composers better known for non-cello pieces writing for their shared instrumental speciality.

What these composers have in common is a profound understanding of the sensual, earthy nature of the cello. There are -- as in Rossini, as in Offenbach --- plenty of languorous figures right in the middle (to low-middle) of the instrument's tessitura. See Boccherini's slow movements for what I mean.

Of course, Boccherini, as a virtuoso, would want to show his chops, as well, so there are the obligatory passage-work displays well up the fingerboard in the outer movements. Even these, however, are well-incorporated into the texture of the concertos. They never become tasteless, and never interrupt the developmental flow of the works.

Boccherini's achievement is creating fully-intregrated concerti, where orchestral and soloistic passages work hand-in-hand. Few other composers were as gifted at achieving this balance -- the comparisons, in this respect, would be Mozart or Beethoven.
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