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Boccherini: String Quartets, Opp. 32 & 39 CD


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  • Composer: Luigi Boccherini
  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00005NUOL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35
2. Minuetto: Allegro
3. Grave
4. Allegro Giusto
5. Allegretto lentarello e affettuoso
6. Minuetto
7. Grave
8. Allegro Vivace Assai
9. Largo Sostenuto
10. Minuetto - Larghetto - Minuetto
11. Rondeau comodo assai

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Quatuors à cordes, op. 32 & 39 (n° 1 & 2) / Quatuor Borciani - Fulvio Luciani, violon - Elena Ponzoni, violon - Roberto Tarenzi, alto - Claudia Ravetto, violoncelle

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
At last we have a chance to hear Boccherini with real guts and beauty. I was completely amazed by the universe of discovery this CD provides, at least on a par with the recent works by Europa Galante in their quest to reinstate a powerful heritage in Italian music. This disk is superb and they have another one out in January 2002. This is another case of "well done, Naxos" for bringing us intelligent and provoking musicianship at a price that makes this a must buy. At least as good as any "thinking" version of the Vivaldi Four Seasons in its conception.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2002
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The depth and range of expression achieved here by one small group of players has to be heard to be believed. Boccherini is always rewarding but this is outstanding, and the playing magnificent. My husband, not a musician, was hooked within one hearing. It is heart-rendingly beautiful. Don't even think of using it as background music - give it your full attention!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Harwood on 28 Feb. 2008
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The rest of the string quartets opus 32, ie. numbers 3-6, are also available through Amazon as I write. The code is: ASIN: B00005UO8K
Buy and enjoy!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Elegant Music, Elegantly Performed 13 Aug. 2005
By M. C. Passarella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As with all put-downs, there is a grain of truth to the famous one that attached to Luigi Boccherini. Some wag somewhere or other once called him "Haydn's wife," presumably because his music is less compositionally rigorous than Haydn's. It can't really be because it is less ardent or forceful, because it is often just that, whether in the case of Boccherini's underrated symphonies or in his largely unknown string quarters. Take the Allegro vivace assai finale of the Op. 32, No. 1. This is wonderfully spirited music that happens not to have very distinguished musical building blocks--in fact, it almost sounds more like a progression of interesting bridge material than recognizable melodies strung together by such material. However, because Boccherini writes so skillfully for the string quartet and propels the music with such élan, you hardly notice. You're just happy to be along for the ride.

And then, making a 180-degree turn, is Op. 32, No. 2, which starts with a lovely dark Largo dominated by a noble theme that is entirely memorable. In fact, as you listen to this music, you realize that the finale to Op. 32, No. 1, is an exception; melodiousness is the hallmark of Boccherini's string quartet style. The elegant melodies and the filigree work that Boccherini uses to bridge between them are always much more important than the development of said themes. Thus it's fair to say that his quartets retain more of the Rococo ideal of chamber music than do Haydn's or Mozart's, which use rigorous development as a way to expand the emotional bounds of the string quartet.

Be that as it may, these three quartets of Boccherini are beautiful, beautifully written works that are always entertaining, even if they are never profound. Quartetto Borciani perfectly captures Boccherini's spirit and delivers performances that are the height of elegance and refinement. Beautifully realistic sound rounds out the picture. Recommended to all lovers of 18th-century chamber music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fanciful and Full of Character ! 24 April 2012
By zerosykess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine cd of fanciful aristocratic excellence ! At times in you can hear a touch of whimsy and ferver, and at others a regression into and self reflection of feelings.

Such command of the works' highs and lows is achieved by the compositional genius that is Boccherini. Check out all his quintetts also. Like Mozart you can't go wrong with any selection by this composer.

Boccherini is listed in the Guinness Book of Music Facts and Feats as "the most ingratiating composer." His sound is as aristocratic as Mozart.

Buy the rest of Opus 32 (#3-6) on the other Naxos cd.

Good day my friend !
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