Mischa Maisky, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra – Vivaldi, Boccherini – Cello Concertos (1995)

Composer: Vivaldi & Boccherini

Composition: Cello Concertos

Performers: Mischa Maisky, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Released: Deutsche Grammophon / 1995

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The main bulk of this album consists of three Cello concerti by Vivaldi (in a, b and c minor), and two by Boccherini (D amd G major), with two fillers by Vivaldi (Largo) and Boccherini (the famous Menuette) respectively.
Mischa Maisky is one of the most expressive and stylized of this era’s cellists. His tone is full, round, mellow, with a vivid ‘vocal’ quality that most top cellists lack.
These traits of his playing put him in excellent stead in these works.
The baroque pieces by Vivaldi are particularly well-nuanced and alive, with the absolutely right amount of bouyancy and expressivity. As with the Bach Suite for unaccompanied cello, Maisky handles the works of this period with full stylistic authenticity, yet bringing in an unmistakable personal trait of grandiose eloquency. His attention to phrasing and tempi are meticulous, and he brings contrasts and rhythmic lilt to the pieces with heart-stopping precision and tautness.
In the classical Boccherini pieces, on the other hand, Maisky’s adaptation is equally remarkable. The classical balance and rhythmic elegance are both well pronounced and convincingly rendered. The longer phrasing and subtler contrasts are all part and parcel of the musical style, so well brought out in these performances.
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maisky himself performed with real zeal and musical alertness. The sound engineering is immaculate.

 

01. Cello Concerto In A Minor – Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
02. Cello Concerto [Without Tempo Indication] – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
03. Cello Concerto – Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
04. Cello Concerto In B Minor – Allegro Non Molto – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
05. Cello Concerto In B Minor – Largo – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
06. Cello Concerto In B Minor – Allegro – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
07. Cello Concerto In C Minor – Allegro Non Molto – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
08. Cello Concerto In C Minor – Adagio – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
09. Cello Concerto In C Minor – Allegro Ma Non Molto – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
10. Cello Concerto In A Minor – Largo – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
11. String Quartet In E Major – Menuetto – Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
12. Cello Concerto 6 In D Major – Allegro – Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
13. Cello Concerto 6 In D Major – Adagio – Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
14. Cello Concerto 6 In D Major – Allegro Assai – Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
15. Cello Concerto 7 In G Major – Allegro – Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
16. Cello Concerto 7 In G Major – Adagio – Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
17. Cello Concerto 7 In G Major – Allegro – Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)

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