Magazine article Gramophone

Haydn * CPE Bach: CPE Bach Cello Concerto, Wq172 H439

Magazine article Gramophone

Haydn * CPE Bach: CPE Bach Cello Concerto, Wq172 H439

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Haydn * CPE Bach CPE Bach Cello Concerto, Wq172 H439 Haydn Cello Concertos - No 1, HobVIIb/1; No 2,HobVIIb/2 Zagreb Soloists / Mark Coppey vc Audite [F] AUDITE97 716 (68' * DDD)

There are so very many recordings of Haydn's two cello concertos, both recent and older, that any cellist who dares to add their own contribution to the pile must find it almost impossible to do so without the disturbing mental image of a chorus of critics demanding that they explain themselves. It can't be easy, and I must admit to mixed feelings myself when a new one lands on my desk; on the one hand there's pleasure, as no amount of listening can weary me of these jewels of the cello repertoire, but there's also an element of trepidation. Will the hours to come leave me delighted afresh or merely inspired to go scuttling back to previous favourites once the review is written?

As it happens, Marc Coppey and the Zagreb Soloists have left me somewhere betwixt and between with this recording, but more as a result of the third concerto on the disc, CPE Bach's slightly earlier A major Cello Concerto, than because of the two Haydn concertos, which are in fact hugely enjoyable. …

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