Haydn: Concertos for Cello and Orchestra, Hob. VIIb:1 and Hob.VIIb:2
Vivaldi: Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra, RV547
Christoph Croisé, cello; Eurasian Soloists CO/Sherniyaz Mussakhan, violin and director
Both Croisé and Sherniyaz Mussakhan (the Kazakh violinist in the Vivaldi and director of the orchestra in all three concertos) are award-winning artists. Croisé performs regularly with some of the world’s great orchestras and conductors and Mussakhan’s career, still in its early stages, is receiving much attention. Here they play with the Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra which was formed only four years ago in Switzerland where it has established a fine reputation. It includes musicians from ten Eurasian countries and artists who have played with this ensemble include our own Ray Chen.
BBC Magazine has praised Croisé for his ‘delicate yet virtuosic’ playing with ‘seamless subtleties of tone colour’. The small chamber orchestra of strings, two oboes, two horns and harpsichord allows the delicacy and tone colours to shine. The repertoire is familiar but perhaps not the cadenzas in the Haydn
concertos. Maurice Gendron provided those of the C major and also for the first two movements of the D major. However, in the third movement Croisé plays his own cadenza.
The recording label Avie is a well-established UK company with a branch in the United States and it produces recordings from renowned artists and ensembles. The sound quality is excellent. I recommend this disc for anyone who enjoys this repertoire.
- Elaine Siversen