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Boccherini: Guitar Quintets
Massimo Scattolin (guitar), Franco Mezzena & Stefano Pagliari (violins), Luca Volpato (viola) & Julius Berger (cello)
Boccherini’s works may be undervalued today, but in his time the Italian achieved considerably renown as a lyrical melodist. Set apart from the Austro-German mainstream, he retained an individual and distinctive voice – and for a composer whose most admired traits included expressiveness and intimacy, it should come as little surprise that his major legacy is a fine body of distinctive chamber music.
Transcribed from various pre-existing quintets by the composer, these quintets for guitar and strings were created in the 1790s for the Spanish guitar-playing Duke of Benavente-Osuna, who Boccherini served after his return to Madrid in 1785. From the highly dramatic G445, whose last movement ends in dark turbulence, to the sunny disposition of G446, this selection reveals Boccherini’s deft adaptation of his perhaps more ostensibly traditional music to novel sound-worlds. It also includes G447, a work that accords the guitar several standout solos. G448 and G453 are the final two pieces to be featured, both of whose finales – the former’s use of the ‘fandango’ dance, for instance – incorporate overtly Spanish material.
Full of energy and charisma, these are highly evocative pieces that deserve more recognition. Massimo Scattolin’s performances represent an important addition to the Boccherini discography that will help ensure that the unique delights of the composer’s music continue to be treasured.
Rarely performed but appealing classical repertoire.
Booklet note by Boccherini authority Graham Rogers.
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Boccherini: Quintets for Guitar and String Quartet Nos. 1-6
Jean-Pierre Jumez (guitar)
Dimov String Quartet
Boccherini - Quintets for Guitar & String Quartet Volume 2
“…there is much here to enjoy: the nuances of Boccherini’s style are savoured to the full and the
overall sense of ensemble is excellent.” (Gramophone April 06)
“…there's much here to enjoy: the nuances of Boccherini's style are savoured to the full and the overall sense of ensemble is excellent.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2006
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Boccherini: Guitar Quintets, Vol. 1
Zoltan Tokos (guitar)
“The playing throughout is never less than first class.” Gramophone Magazine
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Chamber Music Masterpieces
Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16
Piano Trio No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 11 'Gassenhauer', for clarinet, cello & piano
String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major, Op. 127
String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Quintet No. 4 in D G448 'Fandango'
Guitar Quintet in E, G446
Guitar Quintet in C 'La ritrata di Madrid' G453
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60
String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88
String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111
Horn Trio in E flat major, Op. 40
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2
String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1
String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 (B166) 'Dumky'
Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major, Op. 21 (B51)
String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77
String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 97 'American'
String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 'American'
String Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 106 (B192)
Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op. 15
Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 27
String Quartet No.2 in F major
(completed by Julius Röntgen)
String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 5 in G major
String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 2 in E flat major 'The Joke'
String Quartet, Op. 33 No. 1 in B minor
Piano Trio No. 32 in A major, Hob.XV:18
Piano Trio No. 33 in G minor, Hob.XV:19
Piano Trio No. 34 in B flat major, Hob.XV:20
Piano Trio in G major Hob. XIV/6 (after piano Sonata XVI/6)
String Quartet No. 1 'The Kreutzer Sonata'
String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'
Piano Sextet Op. 110
Octet in E flat major, Op. 20
String Quintet No. 1 in A major, Op. 18
String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87
String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K464 'Drum'
String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 'Dissonance'
String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K516
String Quintet No. 6 in E flat major, K614
Horn Quintet in E flat, K407
Oboe Quartet in F major, K370
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D804 'Rosamunde'
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D810 'Death and the Maiden'
Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout'
String Quartet No. 9 in G minor, D173
String Quintet in C major, D956
Octet in F major, D803
This collection is very varied featuring string quartets, piano quartets, trios, clarinet quintets and string quintets in addition to other combinations.
The attractive repertoire is selected from the Classical and Romantic eras up to and including Grieg’s string quartets. Dvorák’s Dumky Trio, the Brahms Horn Trio and Schubert and Mendelssohn’s Octets are but a few of the popular chamber included in this set.
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