The 9 guitar quintets by Luigi Boccherini are probably arrangements of other pieces he wrote. Some were originally for piano quintet, some are combinations of pieces for other instruments. Nevertheless they sound very original, have a definite Spanish feel to them and make very enjoyable listening.
Of course two movements have become famous by themselves. There is the Fandango, the final movement of the fourth quintet with an unmistakable obviously Spanish rhythm. And the ninth quintet has the highly entertaining 'La ritirata di Madrid', depicting Madrid at night. Luciano Berio liked it so much that he made an arrangement of it.
A recording by La Magnifica Communitá. This ensemble has recorded Boccherini’s other quintets as well. They are here joined by guitarist Eros Roselli.