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Boccherini: String Quintet Op. 30 No. 6 La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid; Guitar Quintet No. 6 / Eckart Runge, Carles Trepat

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>Boccherini, Luigi : Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 30 no 6/G 324 "Musica notturna di Madrid"
>Boccherini, Luigi : String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in E major, G. 275 (Op. 11/5)
>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in G minor, G. 205 (Op. 32/5)
>Boccherini, Luigi : Guitar quintet in D major, G 448

Album Summary

>Boccherini, Luigi : Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 30 no 6/G 324 "Musica notturna di Madrid"
>Boccherini, Luigi : String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in E major, G. 275 (Op. 11/5)
>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in G minor, G. 205 (Op. 32/5)
>Boccherini, Luigi : Guitar quintet in D major, G 448
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Notes & Reviews:

Boccherini owes his celebrity to more than just the Minuet of his string quintet Op.11 No.5. This recording proves that fact with stunning brilliance: from the castanets of the Fandango to the much more Viennese style of the string quartet, the musicians of the Cuarteto Casals and their guests demonstrate the infinite creative resources of the composer. It culminates in the La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid (Night Music from the Streets of Madrid), a vivid example of musical realism in which, as Boccherini put it, 'the strict rules of counterpoint' would be out of place.

The Times
The high cello parts are elegantly sustained.

Gramophone Magazine
The performances certainly capture the languid southern sensuality of this music; the Cuarteto Casals are not afraid of modern-style vibrato, yet still keep the atmosphere light as a warm breeze.

The Observer
Boccherini was Italian-born but served the Spanish court, and he evoked the street scenes of Madrid with a soundscape worthy of Charles Ives in the programmatic String Quintet in C...Here the superb Cuarteto Casals dispatch it with atmospheric precision, and their whole disc is a delight...A reputation-changing disc for Boccherini.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (09/2010).



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>Boccherini, Luigi : Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 30 no 6/G 324 "Musica notturna di Madrid"
  • Performer: Eckart Runge (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Cuarteto Casals
  • Running Time: 13 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Boccherini, Luigi : String Quintet for 2 violins, viola & 2 cellos in E major, G. 275 (Op. 11/5)
  • Performer: Eckart Runge (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Cuarteto Casals
  • Running Time: 21 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1771

>Boccherini, Luigi : Quartet for Strings in G minor, G. 205 (Op. 32/5)
  • Ensemble: Cuarteto Casals
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1780

>Boccherini, Luigi : Guitar quintet in D major, G 448
  • Performer: Carles Trepat (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Cuarteto Casals
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1798