Boccherini: String Quintets Op.30 & Op.31, Vol. XI

Boccherini: String Quintets Op.30 & Op.31, Vol. XI
Composer Luigi Boccherini
Artist I Virtuosi della Rotonda
Luigi Puxeddu cello
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 95203
EAN code 5028421952031
Release August 2024

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The most emblematic work among Boccherini’s descriptive music is his quintet with two cellos La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid, which ‘depicts’ a cross-section of the night in Madrid, from the sound of the Ave Maria on the city’s church bells to the soldiers’ patrol announcing the curfew. In the short time-frame of five movements / episodes, the different souls of the night of Madrid are recalled. This is amplified in his revision of the quintet, extending the final movement through the addition of 11 variations on the theme of the Curfew Patrol. Both versions of the Quintet are presented in this recording, along with the other five that make up Opus 30, designated by Boccherini as an “opera piccola” due to their two-movement structure. In them Boccherini explores various expressive characters, both within the individual movements and in their juxtaposition, exploiting peculiarities of his art such as the skilful use of modulations and harmonic contrasts, the subtle balancing of melody and texture and the emphasizing of rhythm in the characterization of musical ideas.

The second set of quintets with two cellos that Boccherini composed, numbered as Op.31, is designated an “opera grande”, featuring compositions in more than two movements. The play of characters that Boccherini develops through these quintets appears overall to be even more multifaceted and nuanced than in his Quintets Op.30. In these quintets, as in the Musica notturna and indeed other chamber works by Boccherini, the sacred and profane meet in the name of musical pathos, putting to the listener an ethical and existential question, as well as an aesthetical one. It will be up to each of us to find an answer on the basis of our own sensibilities.

Other information:
- Recorded October 2014, January 2015, January & June 2016, Padua, Italy
- Booklet in English contains liner notes by Matteo Giuggioli and a profile of the ensemble
- The Italian liner notes are available for download at www.brilliantclassics.com

- The continuation of a highly successful and popular series on Brilliant Classics: the String Quintets by Boccherini (1743-1805)! The String Quintet series, of which 17 CD’s have already been issued, brought to light many hidden treasures, masterworks of chamber music in pure Classical Style, brimming with vitality, wit and winning charm.
- This new recording presents the String Quintets Op.30 and 31, of which the Op.30 No.6 is the most remarkable: this quintet with two cellos La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid “depicts” a cross-section of the night in Madrid, from the sound of the Ave Maria on the church bells of the city until the passage of the soldiers’ patrol announcing the curfew. In five movements-episodes, the different souls of the night of Madrid are recalled: the religious and devout (Ave Maria delle Parrocchie, Rosario) that carefree and goliardic (Minuetto dei ciechi, Passa Calle), and the military one (Ave Maria del Quartiere, Ritirata). In this quintet each musical resource is employed, in an extremely original way. As Boccherini himself notes in the score, the faithful representation from real life is so central in this work, that “everything that does not conform to the rules of composition, must be justified by the truth of the represented thing”.
- Played by Luigi Puxeddu (cello) and I Virtuosi della Rotonda, with Federico Guglielmo (violin), Alessia Pazzaglia (violin), Davide Zaltron (viola) and Riccardo Giovine (cello).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No.1 in B-Flat Major, G.319, Op. 30: I. Andante lentarello
  2. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No.1 in B-Flat Major, G.319, Op. 30: II. Minuetto
  3. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 2 in A Minor, G.320, Op. 30: I. Allegro
  4. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 2 in A Minor, G.320, Op. 30: II. Minuetto
  5. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, G.321, Op. 30: I. Andantino lentarello
  6. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, G.321, Op. 30: II. Minuetto
  7. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 4 in E-Flat Major, G.322, Op. 30: I. Allegro
  8. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 4 in E-Flat Major, G.322, Op. 30: II. Minuetto
  9. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 5 in E Minor, G.323, Op. 30: I. Allegretto
  10. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 5 in E Minor, G.323, Op. 30: II. Minuetto
  11. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 6 in C Major, G.324 “la musica notturna delle strade di Madrid”: I. Imitando il tocco dell’Ave Maria della
  12. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 6 in C Major, G.324 “la musica notturna delle strade di Madrid”: II. Tutti pizzicato – Minuetto dei ciechia

Disk 2

  1. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 1 in E-Flat Major, G.325, Op. 31: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 1 in E-Flat Major, G.325, Op. 31: II. Minuetto
  3. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 1 in E-Flat Major, G.325, Op. 31: III. Grave
  4. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 1 in E-Flat Major, G.325, Op. 31: IV. Allegro vivace ma non presto
  5. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, G.326, Op. 31: I. Moderato
  6. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, G.326, Op. 31: II. Andante lento
  7. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, G.326, Op. 31: III. Minuetto, con moto
  8. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, G.326, Op. 31: IV. Rondeau. Allegretto
  9. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, G.327, Op. 31: I. Andante lento
  10. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, G.327, Op. 31: II. Allegro assai
  11. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, G.327, Op. 31: III. Minuetto
  12. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, G.327, Op. 31: IV. Finale. Allegro vivo

Disk 3

  1. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 4 in C Minor, G.328. Op. 31: I. Preludio – Adagio
  2. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 4 in C Minor, G.328. Op. 31: II. Allegro vivo
  3. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 4 in C Minor, G.328. Op. 31: III. Adagio
  4. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 4 in C Minor, G.328. Op. 31: IV. Allegro ma non presto conclusivo
  5. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 5 in A Major, G.329, Op. 31: I. Cantabile
  6. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 5 in A Major, G.329, Op. 31: II. Allegro maestoso
  7. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 5 in A Major, G.329, Op. 31: III. Minuetto
  8. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 5 in A Major, G.329, Op. 31: IV. Finale. Allegro
  9. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 6 in F Major, G.330, Op. 31: I. Allegretto con moto
  10. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 6 in F Major, G.330, Op. 31: II. Largo
  11. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 6 in F Major, G.330, Op. 31: III. Minuetto
  12. Luigi Boccherini: String Quintet No. 6 in F Major, G.330, Op. 31: IV. Finale. Allegro vivo