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CPE Bach * Hasse * Hertel: CPE Bach Cello Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

CPE Bach * Hasse * Hertel: CPE Bach Cello Concerto

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CPE Bach * Hasse * Hertel

CPE Bach Cello Concerto, Wq170 H430

Hasse Cello Concerto in D

Hertel Cello Concertos--in A; in A minor

Musica Viva / Alexander Rudin vc

Chandos Chaconne (F) CHAN0813 (71' * DDD)

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While we have the Italians to thank for first spotting the cello's potential as a solo instrument, by the middle decades of the 18th century composers in Germany were getting in on the act too. This recording sees Musica Viva, aka The Moscow Chamber Orchestra, present four early German cello concertos, with their director Alexander Rudin doubling up as soloist. The central interest, and perhaps the real draw of the disc, is the premiere recording of two concertos by Johann Wilhelm Hertel. Hasse's Cello Concerto in D and CPE Bach's A major Cello Concerto form the bookends.

The concertos themselves are of the early-Classical heart-tugging variety, full of singing melodies, aching dissonances and winsome changes of mood. …

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