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Penguin Guide, January 2009

BOCCHERINI: Cello Concertos Nos. 4, 6–8 8.553571
BOCCHERINI: Cello Concertos Nos. 5–8 8.553572
BOCCHERINI: Cello Concertos, Nos. 9–12 8.557589

Naxos has now begun an impressive new series covering Boccherini’s twelve cello concertos. (Our listing uses the Gérard catalogue, so the collector must be careful to identify the contents of each CD by the Gérard numbers.) They are beautifully performed on modern instruments but with concern for period practice, and superbly recorded. There is dedicated playing not just from the soloist but also from the excellent Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Anthony Halstead. Tim Hugh offers a substantial cadenzas not only in the first movements of each work but also in slow movements and finales too. Throughout, Hugh and Halstead make a stimulating partnership and all these works spring appealingly to life.

Naxos then turned to Raphael Wallfisch and the Northern Chamber Orchestra under Nicholas Ward, with predictably stimulating results. Indeed, this is one of the finest single discs of Boccherini cello concertos in the catalogue. The performances are peerless and the recording excellent in every way (like the documentation).

Thomas McClain
American Record Guide, August 2000

"Tim Hugh on Naxos is very polished and confident, and not afraid to put some feeling into his work. His tone is superb."

Audiophile Audition, May 2000

"The star of this CD is Tim Hugh, the British cellist who is currently the principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. A student of Aldo Parisot and Jacqueline Du Pre, he received an MA in medicine from Cambridge. He plays with a rich tone, secure in both upper and lower registers, emotionally expressive without the sometimes seductive exaggeration of Du Pre. The more I listened to these ingratiating concertos, the more I appreciated the warmth and clarity he brought to these sunny and beautiful works.

"I loved the sound of this recording: clear with a sumptuously enveloping hall sound that was very comforting and easy to settle into. Recommended with a glass of port after a fine meal."

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