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Boccherini: La Musica Notturna Delle Strade Di Madrid / Runge, Trepat, Cuarteto Casals

Boccherini / Runge / Trepat / Cuarteto Casals
Release Date: 08/09/2011 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902092   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Carles TrepatDaniel TummesEckart Runge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Casals String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Boccherini fans will be unable to conceal a twinge of disappointment that the selection of repertoire for this disc wasn't more adventurous; but on the other hand the Cuarteto Casals has put together the perfect disc of the composer's "greatest hits". You get the famous "Night Music of Madrid" quintet, the E major quintet with the most famous minuet in the entire 18th century (and it's very sexily played here), and the Guitar Quintet No. 6 with a particularly sizzling Fandango finale (kudos to the guest artists above for matching the string playing in dazzle and pizzaz). Only the String Quartet may be unfamiliar to most listeners, and its placement as the only minor-key work on the program is most welcome by way of Read more contrast.

As already suggested, the performances are very fine. The Cuarteto Casals certainly ranks among the best young-ish quartets out there today. Like many modern ensembles, they have a tendency to coarsen their tone in the imitative episodes of the "Night Music" quintet (not so much in the Fandango), and there's a degree of exaggeration to the playing that sometimes works against the music's sensuality and sheer elegance. But better too much enthusiasm than too little, especially in Boccherini, who can all too easily sound like little more than a sugary sweet trifle. Certainly the players' sensitivity to the music's wonderful textures and sonorities is impressive.

Sonically, like so many HM chamber music productions, the engineering captures a bit more performance noise (heavy breathing, etc.) than I prefer, but the closeness never becomes oppressive, and it matches the immediacy of the playing. All in all, an excellent release.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Guitar and Strings no 4 in D major, G 448 "Fandango" by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Carles Trepat (Guitar), Daniel Tummes (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Casals String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Spain 
2.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E major, Op. 13 no 5/G 275 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Eckart Runge (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Casals String Quartet
Period: Classical 
3.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 30 no 6/G 324 "Musica notturna di Madrid" by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Eckart Runge (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Casals String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Spain 
4.
Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 32 no 5/G 205 by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Casals String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1780; Spain 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Love it September 20, 2014 By Joanne C. (Cedar Grove, NJ) See All My Reviews "This is a wonderful CD. Boccherini has a variety of pieces on this CD - all very beautiful. It is a joy to listen." Report Abuse
 Very unusual May 23, 2013 By Mary Lynn H. (San Antonio, TX) See All My Reviews "This is an fabulous CD. The music is wonderful -- I find it hard to believe that it is late 18th century. It has the feeling of a pastiche -- a little ancient and a little modern. This is delightful! The players make these quartets incredibly involving. Highest recommendation." Report Abuse
 Moving?, April 1, 2012 By Christopher Beck (Janesville, WI) See All My Reviews "Not moving, yet really cool, like the moviea." Report Abuse
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