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PIATTI, A.: 12 Caprices / Caprice on a Theme from Pacini's Niobe (Soo Bae)

Composer(s):Piatti, Alfredo
Artist(s) Bae, Soo, cello
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570782
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Playing the rich-toned and highly responsive Stradivarius ‘Bonjour’ cello of 1696, on loan to her from the Canada Council of the Arts, the Canadian cellist Soo Bae interprets Alfredo Piatti’s technically demanding and emotionally rewarding Capriccio on a theme from Pacini’s opera Niobe and his virtuosic Twelve Caprices with seeming effortlessness. Winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and selected by Musical America as ‘New Artist of the Month’ (March 2009), Soo Bae enjoys a busy international career.


Review By David Hurwitz,,June 2011

Nearly an hour of solo cello music can be a slog, even if it’s Bach, and for all his charm, Alfredo Piatti was no Bach. It’s a tribute, then, to Canadian cellist Soo Bae that she manages to sustain the interest (and attractiveness) of this program throughout its entire length—not that you have to take it in all at once. Piatti was one of the major cello virtuosos primarily resident in England in the latter half of the 19th century. He played (on and off) in the Joachim Quartet—so did a lot of others—and according to composer and RAM Principal Alexander Mackenzie he was a cellist of the old school, who used vibrato selectively in melodic passages.



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