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.