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Boccherini: String Quintets Vol 1 / Magnifica Comunità


Release Date: 05/31/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92503   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Isabella LongoLeonardo SapereLuigi PuxedduEnrico Casazza,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





La Magnifica Communità was founded 15 years ago as an ensemble?and I quote, now, from their publicity blurb??deeply convinced of the importance of philological and stylistic research in order to understand the music of bygone ages.? That?s as it may be, but in these performances devoted to the op. 10 string quintet collection of Boccherini they offer technical expertise, sharp accenting, singing tone, cantabile phrasing, a broad range of dynamics, rich but varied textures, a feeling for collective music-making, and attentiveness to tempo markings and the score: in short, all the qualities that have traditionally marked small ensembles of excellence for nearly a Read more century, without much ado over their philological antecedents. This is not meant sarcastically; I couldn?t muster a jibe, even if I?d been seeking one, after the good humor induced by performances such as these. But I find it ironic that the banner of authentic performance has led LMC back to exactly the same place as other fine Boccherini stylists of 30 years ago and more. These musicians differ from their earlier colleagues in only one respect: a lack of vibrato. The results are attractive, however, without the rasp, whine, or wow that passes among poor performers for good tone.


The music itself was published in 1771 but is in the composer?s mature style, with all the variety of mood, structure, and source materials that this implies. I disagree strongly with the liner notes that refer to the ?conventional four movement plan? in these works. Even if we allow that an international consensus on string quintet form had already evolved, which it hadn?t, Boccherini ignores it in favor of six different solutions to what makes an effective string quintet. For example, the second of the set starts with a lengthy, moderately slow movement, marked simply ?amoroso,? while its second movement of equal size is a zestful, fully elaborated symphonic finale?with two shorter movements to follow. The third quintet begins with an allegretto that?s more than twice the length of any of its other three movements, and the last two quintets in the series explore variations on three-movement forms. The content is as varied, touching upon Spanish and Italian models, classical and indigenous materials, various Baroque and evolving Classical traditions.


Engineering is good, balancing the five participants in a small hall environment, with a layer of resonance that never blurs the textures. Highly recommended, even more so since this is labeled Volume 1. Let?s have Volume 2 soon, if you please.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in A major, Op. 10 no 1/G 265 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Isabella Longo (Violin), Leonardo Sapere (Cello), Luigi Puxeddu (Cello),
Enrico Casazza (Violin), Daniel Formentelli (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Carceri D'Este Abbey, Padua, Italy 
Length: 20 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E flat major, Op. 10 no 2/G 266 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Isabella Longo (Violin), Enrico Casazza (Violin), Luigi Puxeddu (Cello),
Leonardo Sapere (Cello), Daniel Formentelli (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Carceri D'Este Abbey, Padua, Italy 
Length: 20 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C minor, Op. 10 no 3/G 267 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Leonardo Sapere (Cello), Daniel Formentelli (Viola), Luigi Puxeddu (Cello),
Enrico Casazza (Violin), Isabella Longo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Carceri D'Este Abbey, Padua, Italy 
Length: 23 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 10 no 4/G 268 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Daniel Formentelli (Viola), Leonardo Sapere (Cello), Luigi Puxeddu (Cello),
Enrico Casazza (Violin), Isabella Longo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Carceri D'Este Abbey, Padua, Italy 
Length: 19 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E flat major, Op. 10 no 5/G 269 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Daniel Formentelli (Viola), Leonardo Sapere (Cello), Luigi Puxeddu (Cello),
Enrico Casazza (Violin), Isabella Longo (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Carceri D'Este Abbey, Padua, Italy 
Length: 19 Minutes 42 Secs. 
6.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in D major, Op. 10 no 6/G 270 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Leonardo Sapere (Cello), Luigi Puxeddu (Cello), Enrico Casazza (Violin),
Isabella Longo (Violin), Daniel Formentelli (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Magnifica Comunità
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2004 
Venue:  Carceri D'Este Abbey, Padua, Italy 
Length: 17 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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