Boccherini: String Quintets, Vol. I

Boccherini: String Quintets, Vol. I
Composer Luigi Boccherini
Artist La Magnifica Comunitá
Enrico Casazza violin and concert master
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 92503
EAN code 5028421925035
Release April 2006

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Boccherini’s string quintets have more to offer than the almost infamous Minuet (from G 275). The gifted Italian composer has written a huge amount of chamber music, including many string quintets for different combinations of instruments.Some of his earlier quintets for 2 violins, 1 viola and 2 celli have now been recorded by the Italian Baroque ensemble La Magnifica Comunita. The ensemble pays a lot of attention to stylistic research. All members have studied at prestigious musical institutions like the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. They play on period instruments. Since Boccherini himself was a professional cello-player he often choose for this more unusual combination with the 2 celli. His music is often a vibrant mixture of Romantic, Italian and Spanish or rather Andalusian elements. Intense performances by La Magnifica Comunitá.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Quintetto I in La Maggiore / A Major, G. 265: Andantino
  2. Quintetto I in La Maggiore / A Major, G. 265: Largo
  3. Quintetto I in La Maggiore / A Major, G. 265: Minuetto Allegro, Trio
  4. Quintetto I in La Maggiore / A Major, G. 265: Allegro assai
  5. Quintetto II in Mi Bemolle Maggiore / E-Flat Major, G. 266: Amoroso
  6. Quintetto II in Mi Bemolle Maggiore / E-Flat Major, G. 266: Allegro non tanto
  7. Quintetto II in Mi Bemolle Maggiore / E-Flat Major, G. 266: Minuetto, Trio
  8. Quintetto II in Mi Bemolle Maggiore / E-Flat Major, G. 266: Presto
  9. Quintetto III in Do Minore / C Minor, G. 267: Allegretto
  10. Quintetto III in Do Minore / C Minor, G. 267: Adagio non tanto
  11. Quintetto III in Do Minore / C Minor, G. 267: Minuetto, Trio
  12. Quintetto III in Do Minore / C Minor, G. 267: Presto

Disk 2

  1. Quintetto IV in Do Maggiore / C Major, G. 268: Adagio
  2. Quintetto IV in Do Maggiore / C Major, G. 268: Allegro e con forza
  3. Quintetto IV in Do Maggiore / C Major, G. 268: Adagio
  4. Quintetto IV in Do Maggiore / C Major, G. 268: Rondeau Allegro
  5. Quintetto V in Mi Bemolle Maggiore / E-Flat Major, G. 269: Non tanto sostenuto
  6. Quintetto V in Mi Bemolle Maggiore / E-Flat Major, G. 269: Allegro assai
  7. Quintetto V in Mi Bemolle Maggiore / E-Flat Major, G. 269: Allegretto
  8. Quintetto VI in Re Maggiore / D Major, G. 270: Pastorale
  9. Quintetto VI in Re Maggiore / D Major, G. 270: Allegro Maestoso
  10. Quintetto VI in Re Maggiore / D Major, G. 270: Minuetto con variazioni