Catherine Jones – Boccherini & Cirri: Cello Sonatas (2014) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Catherine Jones – Boccherini & Cirri: Cello Sonatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:17:40 minutes | 1,47 GB | Genre: Classical
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Boccherini’s richly decorated, galant melodic idiom is difficult to realise successfully, especially while contending with brilliant left-hand passagework in the upper register, double-stopping and other bravura challenges. Catherine Jones admirably captures the expressive tone, warm cantabile sonority and neat ornamentation characteristic of Boccherini’s playing style. She adopts light, fast bow strokes, phrases imaginatively and performs with taste and finesse, notably in the first movements of nos.1 and 2, and she is eloquent in the expressive slow movements, adding stylish cadenzas as appropriate. Intonation, though, is occasionally wayward and her accounts lack that last ounce of finish.

She seems more at ease with the solo writing of the outer movements of Cirri’s sonatas, which emphasise melody over technical display and centre their exploitation of the higher registers and cross-string figurations on more stationary block hand positions. The genial rondo finales of op.15 nos.3 and 4 and the variations of no.5 are especially well characterised and the central slow movements showcase her warm lyrical playing.

Jones is supported throughout by a sensitive continuo team, which offers a pleasing variety of instrumental colours. The resonant recording has fine body and presence, but there are some distracting external noises and the overall production includes typographical and track timing errors. ROBIN STOWELL

Tracklist:
01. Sonata No. 1 in A Major, G. 13 : I. Allegro moderato
02. Sonata No. 1 in A Major, G. 13 : II. Largo
03. Sonata No. 1 in A Major, G. 13 : III. Allegro
04. Sonata No. 6 in A Major, G. 4 : I. Adagio
05. Sonata No. 6 in A Major, G. 4 : II. Allegro
06. Sonata No. 6 in A Major, G. 4 : III. Affettuoso
07. Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, G. 2 : I. Allegro
08. Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, G. 2 : II. Largo
09. Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, G. 2 : III. Allegro moderato
10. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 15, No. 5 : I. Allegro moderato04:24
11. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 15, No. 5 : II. Adagio
12. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 15, No. 5 : III. Tempo di Minuetto con variazioni
13. Sonata in F Major, Op. 15, No. 3 : I. Allegro spiritoso
14. Sonata in F Major, Op. 15, No. 3 : II. Adagio assai
15. Sonata in F Major, Op. 15, No. 3 : III. Allegro
16. Sonata in A Major, Op. 15, No. 4 : I. Allegro spiritoso
17. Sonata in A Major, Op. 15, No. 4 : II. Adagio cantabile
18. Sonata in A Major, Op. 15, No. 4 : III. Allegro

Composers:
Boccherini, Luigi (1743-1805)
Cirri, Giovanni Battista (1724-1808)

Personnel:
Catherine Jones (cello)
Giulia Nuti (harpsichord)
Alison McGillivray (cello)
William Carter (archlute/guitar)

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