Boccherini: String Quintets, Vol. VIII

Boccherini: String Quintets, Vol. VIII
Composer Luigi Boccherini
Artist La Magnifica Comunità
Enrico Casazza violin and concert master
Format 1 CD
Cat. number 94002
EAN code 5028421940021
Release November 2009

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Luigi Boccherini (1743–1805) is one of the major figures in 18th century music, and was close to both Haydn and Mozart. The young Austrian admired Boccherini’s music, and his string quintets in particular. Throughout his long career, Boccherini’s style was influenced by composers such as Nardini, Sammartini in his native Italy, Wagenseil and Monn from the Mannheim school, and forward looking composers from France such as Gossec. However, Boccherini was to base himself in Spain at the royal court, and found himself rather cut off from mainstream European musical trends. This caused him to develop his individual style – a mix of Spanish dance influences, and a smooth ‘Latin’ charm that led some commentators to remark that his music was effeminate, and in the words of one violinist Giuseppe Puppo, that he was ‘Haydn’s wife’. This is to miss the point of Boccherini’s style. Although less dramatic than either Haydn or Mozart, his music does have moments of explosive drama that appear all the more effective when bursting fortissimo from an otherwise calm movement. The harmonic shifts are also surprising and used to great effect. His music is sensuous, passionate and dramatic. The Op.39 Quintets date from 1787 when he was at the court of Friederich Wilhelm II in Berlin. These are important works that rank alongside the chamber music of his great Austrian contemporaries, and Boccherini deserves to be in their company.

Other information:
- Recorded in 2008.
- Performed on period instruments.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in B flat G337: I. Andante lento
  2. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in B flat G337: II. Allegro vivo – Tempo di minuetto – Tempo I
  3. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in B flat G337: III. Rondeau: Allegro ma non tanto – Tempo di minuetto – Tempo I
  4. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in F G338: I. Allegro vivo non presto
  5. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in F G338: II. Adagio non tanto
  6. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in F G338: III. Minuetto, Trio
  7. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in F G338: IV. Finale: Allegro vivo
  8. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in D G339: I. Allegro vivo
  9. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in D G339: II. Pastorale: Amoroso ma non lento
  10. String Quintets Op.39, Quintet in D G339: III. Finale: Presto