Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Stabat Mater and Quintet

Ophélie Gaillard, Sandrine Piau, Pulcinella Orchestra

Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Stabat Mater and Quintet
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Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Stabat Mater and Quintet

Ophélie Gaillard, Sandrine Piau, Pulcinella Orchestra

Cellist Ophélie Gaillard and Pulcinella Orchestra focus on Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer and first virtuoso cellist in history. Born in the Tuscany, Boccherini then went to the Court of Prussa and Spain. His musical education looks like a journey around Europe, as it used to be.

Long eclipsed by the violin, star of the string instruments, the cello slowly fit in the Eighteenth Century repertoire thanks to composers who played the instrument themselves. The now famous Suites of Johan Sebastian Bach are the first master pieces composed for the cello. Then Luigi Boccherini strengthened its place in the musical creation, thus becoming to cello what Vivaldi was to the violin one generation earlier.

With rhythms of dance from Andalusia and melodies dug along the streets of Madrid, Boccherini draws with notes his adopted country such as his contemporary Francisco Goya did with colours.

This album explores all the genres (concertos, sonatas, symphonies) and invites Sandrine Piau to perform Boccherini’s poignant Stabat Mater for string quintet and solo soprano.

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