Baroque Album

The Baroque Album

by Jian Wang
     
 
Jian Wang has been steadily making his mark in the ever more crowded field of world-class cellists, and The Baroque Album, a lovely collection of 17th- and 18th-century rarities, should win further converts to Wang's responsive and elegant playing. Two concertos -- one by Luigi Boccherini and another by Georg Matthias Monn -- open and

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Jian Wang has been steadily making his mark in the ever more crowded field of world-class cellists, and The Baroque Album, a lovely collection of 17th- and 18th-century rarities, should win further converts to Wang's responsive and elegant playing. Two concertos -- one by Luigi Boccherini and another by Georg Matthias Monn -- open and close the program, with a pair of transcriptions of music by François Couperin and Girolamo Frescobaldi filling out the middle. Boccherini will be more familiar to listeners than Monn, whose music is nearly unknown today. Older than Boccherini by many decades, he was a Viennese composer who played an important role in the development of the Classical symphony, and his G Minor Concerto is a fine example of the Classical style in its budding form. Boccherini's Concerto (No. 9 in B Flat), on the other hand, is a sparkling instance of that style in its late-18th-century flowering. Listen especially to the extreme high range of certain passages, which Wang tosses off with effortless assurance and grace. An air of the Baroque lingers around Couperin's Pièces en concert, a 1924 arrangement of five brief works that was often performed by Pablo Casals, and Frescobaldi's virtuoso Toccatta, originally for keyboard, glows with grandeur in a new version for cello and strings. Although he was only ten at the time, Wang first came to the attention of Western audiences through his appearance in Isaac Stern's celebrated 1979 documentary From Mao to Mozart. Even then, the Chinese cellist's musical maturity and poise were remarkable, and those qualities have only deepened in the intervening years. Beautifully recorded and with sensitive support from the Camerata Salzburg, The Baroque Album is another impressive feather in the cap of this increasingly important artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
Label:
Dg Imports
UPC:
0028947423621
catalogNumber:
474236

Tracks

  1. Cello Concerto in B flat major, G. 482
  2. Pièces en concert, for cello & string ensemble (arranged by Bazelaire)
  3. Work(s): Toccata
  4. Cello Concerto in G minor

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jian Wang   Primary Artist

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