One of the most grown-up review sites around

54,416 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

Founder: Len Mullenger                                    Editor in Chief:John Quinn             


AmazonUK   AmazonUS

Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743 - 1805) 
Cello Concertos Vol. 3
Cello Concerto No. 9 in Bb, G.482
Cello Concerto No. 10 in D, G.483
Cello Concerto No. 11 in C, G.573
Cello Concerto No. 12 in Eb, G.deest (same as “senza G” below)
Raphael Wallfisch, cello [cadenzas by Wallfisch]
Northern Chamber Orchestra/Nicholas Ward
Recorded in St. Thomas’ Church, Stockport, UK, 29 May 2004
Notes in English and Deutsch
NAXOS 8.557589 [71.54]



Comparison recording:

Cello Concerti Gg. 482, 483, 573, “senza G.” David Geringas, cello; Padua and Venice Chamber Orchestra/Bruno Giuranna, Claves CD 50-8816.

The “G” numbers refer to the catalogue published in 1969 by Yves Gérard.  The famous “Boccherini Cello Concerto” was worked up from movements 1 and 3 from No. 9, G.482, and movement 2 from No. 7, G.480 (not included in the present recording),  by Friedrich Grützmacher in 1890 by means of heavy editing, revision, and re-orchestration, and it bears little resemblance to the real thing.  Although very popular when I was a teenager, it is fortunately not heard much now that we have the originals to compare, and our ears have become more accepting of authentic Classical period sound.

It has been my pleasure lately to recommend many Naxos releases for excellent performances and superior sound, and on many occasions I have very much enjoyed the playing of Rafael Wallfisch.  However, in this case, the three-disk Claves set has a clear edge in richer sound and performance, more sensual feeling.  On the other hand, the Naxos disk is still a very fine recording and is easily available at favourable prices, whereas the Claves set may be difficult to locate and one must buy all three disks whether or not you actually want that much Boccherini all at once.  The contents of the Naxos disk is identical to the third disk of the Claves set, and I haven’t heard volumes 1 and 2 from Naxos.

Great composers are called such because of the quality of their music, but also because they wrote in popular forms and had a consistent level of quality, and because we have had a chance to become familiar with their musical language and understand what they are saying to us.  We have come to know them and to trust them to write what we want to hear a lot of the time.  Less celebrated composers may write one or two pieces just as well as the very great, or, as in the case of Boccherini, write a lot of great music in a form — the classical cello concerto — that is just not a popular form at the present time.  To paraphrase what was once said of Milton, “the reward of scholarship is to be able to love second-rate music,” a meaty topic we’ll get into some other time. 

There is nothing second-rate about Boccherini.  Boccherini was a very great composer and these concerti are what he loved to write most.  I recommend this disk to every music lover; get to know Boccherini’s language and you’ll end up loving his music and wanting to hear it often.  There is something here for everyone — good tunes, vital rhythms, good spirits, little jokes, thoughtful repose, great beauty.

Paul Shoemaker

see also Review by Patrick Waller




Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical
All Naxos reviews

Chandos recordings
All Chandos reviews

Hyperion recordings
All Hyperion reviews

Foghorn recordings
All Foghorn reviews

Troubadisc recordings
All Troubadisc reviews

all cpo reviews

Divine Art recordings
Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10
All Divine Art reviews

All APR reviews

Lyrita recordings
All Lyrita Reviews


Wyastone New Releases
Obtain 10% discount

Recordings of the Month

November 2022
Bach Orchestral Suites

del Cinque
Del Cinque Cello sonatas

Fujita Mozart
Mao Fujita Mozart

Stanczyk Acousmatic Music


October 2022

Berg Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto Elmes

DEbussy Jeux
Debussy Jeux

Romantic pioano masters
Romantic Piano Masters

The future is female - Vol 2
Volume 2 - The Dance

impromptu harp music
Complete Harp Impromptus


Return to Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.