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Boccherini: String Quintets Op. 28 Vol. 9 Import

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Product Details

  • Performer: Enrico Casazza, Isabella Longo, Massimo Piva, Luigi Puxeddu, Simone Tieppo, et al.
  • Orchestra: La Magnifica Comunita
  • Composer: Luigi Boccherini
  • Audio CD (April 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Brilliant
  • ASIN: B004GVN6ZA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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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.
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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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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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