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Boccherini: Trio, Quartet, Quintet & Sextet for strings
 
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Boccherini: Trio, Quartet, Quintet & Sextet for strings

Fabio Biondi/Europa Galante
2 Feb 2009 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Release Date: 2 Feb 2009
  • Label: Virgin Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:14:01
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  • ASIN: B001Q1QSTO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,204 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JM Olmesdahl on 9 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic buy! Fabio Biondi's first two full price Boccherini Virgin discs - Boccherini: String Quintets, Minuet in A - and Boccherini - Guitar Quintets- now appear together here for less than price one used to cost! Using period instruments Biondi and his players delve deep into the heart of the music, the sharper sound of their period instruments dramatically bringing out the lines of the music giving it a striking sense of inventiveness. These are fresh, alive performances captured in transparent sound. Disc one comprises three string quintets from Op. 25, namely, Nos 6, 4 and 1, and concludes with the famous `Minuet' from String Quintet Op. 11, No 5. The two most famous of Boccherini's guitar quintets, the `Fandango' and `La ritrata di Madrid', are included on disc 2 separated by the String Quartet Op. 24 No. 6. I did at times wish the guitar was more evident in the guitar quintets but that is a minor quibble especially with such fiery playing as this. For the newcomer to Boccherini this anthology will make an excellent introduction while more seasoned listeners should also find much to enjoy in Biondi's enlivening approach.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kornél Endre Schalk, Budapest on 24 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
It is time to realize that Biondi and his collegues(Europa Galante) are a new chapter in the history of performance of (mostly, so to say) baroque music: this CD is just another proof. For several years I have had an LP of Boccherini quartets by Quartetto Italiano, and to tell you you the truth, I tried to like it, but never really warmed up to it. The Italian Quartet plays Boccherini as if he was Beethoven, while Biondi manages to make it sound just right: late baroque, early classical music, and most importantly their music making is exciting and sensitive at the same time. Great sound, great music, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 17 Aug 2013
Format: Audio CD
[Amazon have mistakenly linked the page of the third, single CD of Europa Galante's Boccherini with the double-CD reissue of the two previous Boccherini discs on Veritasx2. This is a review of the single CD of a Trio, Quartet, Quintet and Sextet for strings.]

This is another brilliant disc, the third in Europa Galante's sequence of Boccherini recordings. Before I tried them I had thought Boccherini to be a sort of charming but slightly wallpaperish composer of amiable, rather forgettable music. Not any more.

I listened to first two discs on the basis that Biondi is occasionally bonkers (try his Mozart Violin Concerti!) but never, ever dull and often quite brilliant. I'm pleased to say that in all of these discs he and Europa Galante are brilliant. This disc opens with a lengthy, touching adagio and then they get stuck into vigorous allegro second movement with verve, delight and occasionally real pathos in their playing. The standard of musicianship is amazing and the selection of works for various sizes of ensemble are interesting and immensely enjoyable.

The earlier discs were a complete revelation to me, and this is just as good. I can see the point of Boccherini now, and I wholeheartedly recommend all three discs to anyone. I bet you'll just love them - I do
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