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String Quintets

Boccherini^Quintetto Boccherini Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ensayo
  • ASIN: B00009QGCS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars the best of Boccherini 16 July 2008
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This is an excerpt from a famous double LP of 1976 which won the Grand Prix du Disque of the Académie Charles Cros. It is a superb selection of the best string quintets by Boccherini, including the famous minuetto. The Boccherini Quintet were the best performers of the genre, and dedicated over 40 years to this composer. This is an excellent CD for those who do not know them already, and it will surely encourage you to buy more. Testament has put out three CDs by the same group, also to be recommened strongly. Ensayo does a great technical job in producing this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have to disagree with another reviewer 5 April 2012
By G. Weis - Published on Amazon.com
I'd ordinarily not leave a review, but since I believe this recording has been unfairly slandered by another reviewer of this cd, I wanted to add another perspective. First, it's hardly the recording's fault that the first person to list this cd on amazon wrote "quartets" rather than "quintets" in the heading. Amazon provides an easy way to correct such mistakes. One simply clicks on the link to update product information. It took me about 15 seconds to submit a correction, and only a couple of days for amazon to change it. Second, the other reviewer refers to the opus and number references for all but one of the pieces on the cd as "incorrect" and "mislabeled." But clearly these aren't mistakes; obviously it's rather the case that there are different cataloging systems for Boccherini's works. The one used on this cd is the same one that can easily be found with a google search for Boccherini's works, for example, [...]. Perhaps it is the case that after this recording was made, in 1975, another cataloging system came to be considered the best one. But again, this is hardly a fair criticism of this cd. Third, the other reviewer says that the "clarity is lost on some tracks, because this is an LP transfer from 1975." I have listened to many hundreds of historical cd recordings that were transferred directly from lps and '78's. I doubt very much that this ADD cd was made that way. I think this cd was transferred from the original master, and I think the sound is superb. It is not unclear, and is warm, and very natural; and the instrumental timbres are truly beautiful. The acoustic of the recording venue, the Teatre Municipal in Girona, Spain seems to me to be ideal: not too dry, not too resonant. It's like listening to a live performance in a small concert hall from the best seat in the house. Naturally, the recording lacks the razor-sharp clarity of certain DDD cds; but, on the other hand, it avoids all the shrillness and glare one so often finds in the sound of violins in DDD recordings. I believe it gains a tremendous amount in virtue of its analogue source. Finally, although I am by no means an authority on Boccherini's quintets, I found the playing of the Quintetto Boccherini to be at an extremely high level technically, and to be utterly convincing musically. Just a gorgeous recording.
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3.0 out of 5 stars errata 26 Sep 2009
By SB - Published on Amazon.com
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The first quintet on this album is incorrectly labled as "Op.20 n.3"; it is actually "Op.13 n.3" (G 279). The second quintet is mislabled as "Op. 37 n.2"; it is actually "Op 39 n.3" (G 339). The third quintet is mislabled as "Op. 50 n.2"; it is actually "Op 40 n.2" (G 341). The fourth quintet is labled correctly, somehow. The fifth quintet is mislabled as "Op. 13 n.5"; it is actually "Op 11 n.5" (G 275). There have been some discrepancies between the publisher's numbering and the composer's, which might characterize this situation. Anyway, the labeling is inaccurate (including the many online references to it). What else? This product page is mislabled as "String Quartets"; it should read "String Quintets"... Other than that, clarity is lost on some tracks, because this is an LP transfer from 1975.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best "Musica notturna di Madrid" 15 Feb 2010
By Daverz - Published on Amazon.com
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Music from the last full quintet here, "La musica notturna di Madrid" (G324) should be familiar to fans of the film "Master and Commander". This is the best recording of G324 of the three that I've heard. Mayumi Seiler (Boccherini: Opera con titoli) and friends on Capriccio play too plainly. Savall (Boccherini: Fandango, Sinfonie & La Musica Notturna di Madrid [Hybrid SACD]) pulls out all the stops on his Boccherini disc, but it seems a bit overblown, and I do prefer modern tuning and playing style here. The Boccherini Quintet characterizes the music beautifully, without exaggerating. The recording has a nice ambience, without being over-resonant. There seem to be two other recordings available that I have not heard, Karajan (Respighi: Fontane di Roma, Pini di Roma, etc / Karajan) with the Berlin Philharmonic(!) and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (Die Röhre - Tube Only) on Tacet.
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