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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Separate Releases of Volume Nine!, July 20, 2011
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Giordano Bruno (Here, There, and Everywhere) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Boccherini: String Quintets Op. 28 Vol. 9 (Audio CD)
Check for the better price! You'll want to get the whole nine.

Boccherini published his first six Quintets with two cellos in 1771, shortly after he'd committed himself to a career in Spain that extended for the rest of his life. The quintets were written and published, like all such chamber music of the period, for the enjoyment of musicians - players, not listeners, both performing professionals and amateurs. My apologies to all music lovers who listen but never play, but the greatest pleasures of chamber music are not for you. There's a level of sheer physical pleasure in such music that only the player can experience, and that was the level to which Boccherini was most devotedly attentive. So.. if you really want to love this music, get out your "air cello" and saw along! This is music to 'hear' with your proprioceptive body.

[That notion, by the way, is developed brilliantly in the scholarly book "Boccherini's Body" by cellist/musicologist Elizabeth Leguin.]

Boccherini has been persistently labeled a composer of the second rank, charming but not profound. In fact, he was an innovator of the first rank, in some ways a century and a half ahead of his contemporaries. This first set of Quintets established the structural possibilities of a form that was in effect Boccherini's own invention. Pay attention, for instance, to what the composer 'discovers' about the acoustic variety - the interior duos, trios, quartets - possible in a quintet. But Boccherini was also exploring the virtuosic capabilities of the string instruments themselves: the resonances and timbres, the sounds that could be extracted by different uses of the bow, the upper range of the cello, his own instrument. Boccherini was by far the first composer to treat the cello as the dominant voice in the quintet or quartet, and he was 'way ahead' of his Austrian "husband" in distributing the musical interest of his quintets to all five instruments in balance. Pay attention to the sound effects Boccherini achieves by deliberate doubling at octaves and by tricky double-stopping. Sound effects! This is music 'profoundly' attentive to sound as such, rather than to melodic architecture. Not until the 20th C was any composer so profoundly attentive to sheer Sound.

But there's more than just acoustic stimuli to this music. There's also Boccherini's discovery of Spain, of an Iberian musical heritage that Northern Europe was forgetting. Boccherini, the Italian wanderer, was to become the Founding Father of modern Spanish classicism, preserving and formalizing the 'fandango' spirit of the Spanish Golden Age. There's plenty of profundity in Boccherini's rediscovery of the New World.

La Magnifica Comunità deserves its name; they play magnificently on their 'period' instruments, and their 'period' instruments serve the musical vocabulary of Beccherini's quintets in ways that 'modern' strings can never match. The ensemble is attempting to record all 176 (one hundred seventy-six!) of Boccherini's quintets, over a period of years. So far they have released nine volumes, up to opus 39, so they are still short of half way. All nine recordings are "Magnifica"!

Yes, I am holding my breath for Volume Ten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? It's Boccherini!, January 3, 2012
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What can I say? It's Boccherini String Quintets! No other comes close, in my opinion. I can (and often do) listen to Luigi Boccherini's music around the clock, whereas I can only listen to small doses of the "real" geniuses, such as Beethoven, Mozart, & Haydn (though I freely acknowledge their genius), or my "lifetime" loves of Blues or Rock 'n Roll! No matter how long and hard you search, you'll never find a more under-appreciated yet superlative composer of music of any kind! And La Magnifica Comunità have mastered the interpretation of Boccherini's music! I have bought each and every CD in their series (and they are continuously enjoyed)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful String Quintets, June 16, 2014
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I constantly cycle through listening to the 9 Volumes of the Boccherini String Quintets. This is classical music for those of us that find Symphonies too "complex".
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