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Dall'Abaco: 11 Caprices for cello
Thursday, 01 February 2007
THE STRAD RECOMMENDS
Kristin von der Goltz (cello)
Raumklang RK 2503
If making a CD disseminates an all-but-unknown composer to a wider public, and at the same time is so persuasive that you want to get a copy of the music for yourself, it’s a success on every count. Such is the case with this release. Joseph-Marie-Clément dall’Abaco (1710–1805) was the son of Evaristo dall’Abaco, a slightly better-known figure who occupied the post of virtuoso court cellist at Bonn. Cast in a late-Baroque language, which also fosters lyrical cantabile lines, these caprices are absolute gems. Any couple of them could happily start a recital, having both eloquence and musical variety. At the same time they have virtuosic moments, not least the second section of the Eleventh Caprice, and all come with hefty amounts of double-stopping to convey the harmony.
Kristin von der Goltz is a resourceful cellist, having unearthed the interesting works of Jakob Klein in a previous release. Yet she has the good sense to ensure that these new discoveries are of sufficiently striking quality that they can sustain a new lease of life in a wider arena. Naturally they need a fine advocate to make their case, and Goltz showers these caprices with intelligent voicing, beautifully shaped phrasing and fine tuning. The nutty tone of her Baroque Leopold Widhalm cello (1785) seems perfect in a recording that captures all the resonance of her rich double-stops. This is a ‘must-buy’ CD.
From the February 2007 issue. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial.