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Luigi Boccherini: La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid

Cuarteto Casals Audio CD
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  • Composer: Luigi Boccherini
  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • ASIN: B00506PGY4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. String Quintet in C major / Ut majeur / C-dur G.324, op.30 no.6 La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid"" : I. Il campane quando suonano l'Ave Maria - II. Il tamburo del quartier dei soldati - III. Minuetto dei ciechi - Eckart Runge/Cuarteto Casals
2. IV. Il rosario: Largo assai - Allegro - Various Performers
3. V. ""Los manolos"". Modo di suono, e canto - VI. Allegro vivo - Eckart Runge/Cuarteto Casals
4. VII. Ritirata - Maestoso - Cuarteto Casals
5. String Quintet no.6 in E major / Mi majeur / E-dur G.275, op.11 no.5: I. Amoroso
6. II. Allegro con spirito
7. III. Minuetto - Trio
8. IV. Andante

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Cuarteto Casals and cellist Eckart Runge play it with a melting delicacy that makes it seem newly minted...Another winner from Cuarteto Casals. ***** --MICHAEL DERVAN, Irish Times, 5 August 2011

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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This! 12 April 2013
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I heard the same Boccherini tune on the sound track of the movie 'Master and Commander' (2003) and the BBC film 'Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stockings' (2004) - both of which I have on DVD and watched recently. I loved the Boccherini and hunted it down using Sound Hound and Amazon: turned out to be from Boccharini's E Major String Quintet (the Minuet). Plenty of Boccherini to choose from on Amazon but I decided to select a Spanish recording because Boccherini might have been an Italian but he was writing in Spain for the Spanish. Always impatient, I downloaded the MP3 instead of buying the CD so I don't have any sleeve notes, never mind I have instant gratification instead and I am glad I selected download. I have copies on all my devices (Windows, Apple, Android, Ubuntu) and I have been listening to this music pretty continuously these last few days. The recordings are superb, of the highest quality, the music is very easy to listen to and full of great hummable tunes and catchy dance music too - got me up and skipping about, not an everyday event (chuckle). I am no musicologist so I cannot give in-depth critique. In my bluff 'I may not know music but I know what I like' way let me say that the Boccharini on this CD reminds me of Mozart - the Mozart who wrote pleasant, head-nodding, toe-tapping, background music for fashionable salons like "Eine Kliene Nachtmusik" and fabulous music for cuckoo clocks and other odd instruments - i.e. rococo rather than baroque music (simper). Not the Mozart who produced the bleak, harrowing, grand opera "Don Giovanni". I would say that if you like Mozart's catchier tunes e.g. the sinister but delightful duet "Là ci darem la mano" from "Don Giovanni" then you will probably enjoy this Boccherini CD. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Tim Edmonds VINE VOICE
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This is an interesting programme comprising four works of contrasting character and including, in their original context, what are probably the composer's two best-known tunes. Boccherini was an Italian but spent much of his life in Spain, which is reflected in two of the pieces on this CD.

The earliest work here is the second in the programme, the E major string quintet of 1771, and is a light and joyful collection of tunes. The third movement is the well-known Minuet, popular as a chamber 'lollipop', but the rest of the set are delightful too and deserve to be heard. The C major string quintet dates from 1780 and could hardly be more different in style and content - it is programme music, painting sound pictures of "night music from the streets of Madrid". The insert booklet gives the background to help with interpretation, but the eye-opener for me was the final movement - which is the other well-known piece on the CD. This is built around a simple but infectious melody, played repetitively and woven in different ways. I had heard it many times before in various arrangements for different ensembles. On that basis I had assumed it was a dance piece or a theme-and-variations, but here it is played in its proper context as a ritirata or military retreat. In the programme this makes perfect sense, as the soldiers and their band march along the street back to their barracks. Musically this is definitely the most satisfying movement, with the preceding ones tending to over-concentrate on the programme at the expense of musicality.

The String Quartet is in G minor and sets a rather more formal mood, but it is packed with a pleasing range of melodies and textures. Last to be composed, and last on the CD, is a work that changes the mood completely with a surprise at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 22 April 2014
By Colpalu
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First heard on the radio , I was immediatelly stuck by the beauty of the sound the Casals people produce . I don't think that Boccherini 's music has ever sounded more beautifully on a record , CD or otherwise .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too fast 25 Mar 2014
By HdeC
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I too heard the piece in Master and Commander and loved it and bought the Master and Commander music CD. However, I thought it would be great to have a CD of Boccherini's music so bought this CD after reading the reviews. It is, of course, lovely, but I have to say I am a bit disappointed - it is so fast! Much prefer the version in the film - it was magical; for me it loses something by being played so fast. Shame.
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