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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, May 2012

These are 1992 recordings that originally circulated on Capriccio and have been licensed for reissue to the budget label Phoenix.

As a highly accomplished cellist, Boccherini counted among his greatest strengths his furthering of cello technique and his liberating of the cello from its traditional role as a continuo or harmonic bass reinforcing instrument.

These works are crafted on a smaller scale for more modest forces, as befits the setting for which they were written; though they’re all in the classical four-movement layout with a Minuet in second or third position, in style of writing they retain some of the characteristics of the sinfonia-type symphonies that look back to a slightly earlier era.

…these are buoyant, high-spirited scores—even the minor-key ones—perfectly crafted for their purpose as essentially formal palace entertainments…Boccherini’s symphonies are of a very high quality and repay the listener with much pleasure.

The New Berlin Chamber Orchestra is a modern-instrument ensemble, numbering, according to the group photo in the booklet, 13 players including Michael Erxleben, who plays first-chair violin and doubles as conductor.

Works are very stylishly played… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare

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