Boccherini: Complete Guitar Quintets

Boccherini: Complete Guitar Quintets
Composer Luigi Boccherini
Artist Eros Roselli guitar
La Magnifica Comunità
Enrico Casazza violin and concert master
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 92892
EAN code 5028421928920
Release April 2006

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About this release

The 9 guitar quintets by Luigi Boccherini are probably arrangements of other pieces he wrote. Some were originally for piano quintet, some are combinations of pieces for other instruments. Nevertheless they sound very original, have a definite Spanish feel to them and make very enjoyable listening.

Of course two movements have become famous by themselves. There is the Fandango, the final movement of the fourth quintet with an unmistakable obviously Spanish rhythm. And the ninth quintet has the highly entertaining 'La ritirata di Madrid', depicting Madrid at night. Luciano Berio liked it so much that he made an arrangement of it.

A recording by La Magnifica Communitá. This ensemble has recorded Boccherini’s other quintets as well. They are here joined by guitarist Eros Roselli.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Quintetto I in D Minor, G. 445: Allegro moderato
  2. Quintetto I in D Minor, G. 445: Cantabile
  3. Quintetto I in D Minor, G. 445: Minuetto
  4. Quintetto I in D Minor, G. 445: Allegro assai
  5. Quintetto III in B-Flat Major, G. 447: Allegro moderato
  6. Quintetto III in B-Flat Major, G. 447: Tempo di Minuetto
  7. Quintetto III in B-Flat Major, G. 447: Adagio
  8. Quintetto III in B-Flat Major, G. 447: Allegro
  9. Quintetto V in D Major, G.449: Andantino pausato
  10. Quintetto V in D Major, G.449: Minuetto (Allegro)
  11. Quintetto V in D Major, G.449: Allegro giusto
  12. Quintetto V in D Major, G.449: Andantino pausato con variazioni
  13. Quintetto VI in G Major, G. 450: Allegro con vivacità
  14. Quintetto VI in G Major, G. 450: Andantino lento
  15. Quintetto VI in G Major, G. 450: Tempo di Minuetto
  16. Quintetto VI in G Major, G. 450: Allegretto

Disk 2

  1. Quintetto IV in D Major, G. 448, "Fandango": Pastorale
  2. Quintetto IV in D Major, G. 448, "Fandango": Allegro maestoso
  3. Quintetto IV in D Major, G. 448, "Fandango": Grave assai
  4. Quintetto IV in D Major, G. 448, "Fandango": Fandango
  5. Quintetto II in E Major, G. 446: Maestoso assai
  6. Quintetto II in E Major, G. 446: Adagio
  7. Quintetto II in E Major, G. 446: Allegretto
  8. Quintetto II in E Major, G. 446: Polacca. Tempo di Minuetto
  9. Quintetto in C Major, G. 453, "La Ritirata di Madrid": Allegro maestoso assai
  10. Quintetto in C Major, G. 453, "La Ritirata di Madrid": Andantino
  11. Quintetto in C Major, G. 453, "La Ritirata di Madrid": Allegretto
  12. Quintetto in C Major, G. 453, "La Ritirata di Madrid": Maestoso e lento (La Ritirata di Madrid)