The Known Unknowns
Label: Azica Records
With the Angeli Ensemble, American cellist Lynn Harrell's cello concerti collection brings together relatively popular pieces with some obscure baroque and early Classical period curiosities. Opening with CPE Bach's "Concerto in A Major" and moving to Haydn's "Concerto in C Major" (a piece which was "discovered" in 1960 and has become a standard piece of pedagogy for the instrument), Harrell's clean renderings are a great match for the material. The disc's most interesting stuff comes last, with a dozen of Couperin's diminutive "Pièces en Concert."