, July 2012
…performances have withstood the passage of time better than the recordings. The impressive Filarmonici di Bologna are skilfully conducted by Angelo Ephrikian…
The Trio Arcophon…are even better: confident, agile and thoughtful, with a lovely line in phrasing. Rather surprisingly, forty years on there is still no other commercial recording of these Trios available.
As for Boccherini’s music, that is as finely crafted, lively, elegant, witty, and mellifluous as ever. He was only 17 when he wrote the six Trios, yet they are works of considerable sophistication and variety, occasionally sounding strikingly symphonic, enhanced both by sometimes startling chromaticism and the prominence of Boccherini’s own instrument, the cello. The Symphonies, scored primarily for strings with the judicious employment of a pair of horns and oboes and an ad lib bassoon—the winds always omitted from the slow movements—are reminiscent of Haydn, but Boccherini always has more than sufficient originality to go his own way. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review