Edgar Moreau : Giovincello


96kHz/24-bit FLAC, Warner Classics (Erato) 2564605266 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

The young Paris Conservatoire trained cellist’s 2014 debut CD Play was of salon pieces. A year on – Moreau almost 21 – he tackles 18th-century concertos with a period orchestra [see also HFN Album Choice Mar ’15]. The punning title means ‘young lad’. With the finale taken at a real lick, the Haydn C major is the one well-known work here. More to my taste, the Vivaldi (RV419) has a rather lovely Andante and zesty concluding Allegro, while the Graziana, a premiere recording, has both charm and energy; clarinets are heard in the Larghetto. In all, a programme with more variety than you’d anticipate. (An Erato promo video hosted by Presto Classical doesn’t reveal much more than the multiplicity of mics for the sessions at a modest hall in Lonigo, N. Italy.) CB

Sound Quality: 80%

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Intended for release on CD, the master was evidently recorded and mixed at 96kHz as revealed by this high resolution download. Harmonics from the violins, cello and clarinet stretch beyond the audioband [trk 4 Allegro, see Graph]. PM