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Boccherini: String Quintets, Etc / Biondi, Europa Galante


Release Date: 05/08/2001 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 45421   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Enrico CasazzaErnest BraucherMaurizio NaddeoFabio Biondi,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews


Prolific composers tend to be devalued, Haydn and Mozart excepted of course. The thinking seems to be that if Vivaldi, Milhaud, Hovhaness, and (fill in the blanks with your own candidates) wrote that much, then they either repeated themselves ad infinitum or just spun notes to fill otherwise empty days. Even profligate melodists come under the same cloud; if Dvorák, for example, couldn't set pen to paper without creating a beautiful melody, it's taken as a sign of superficiality. Boccherini is a prime example of a prolific composer tarred by that bizarre brush, both his huge output and his melodic gifts being relegated to secondary status by the canon police. One hearing of this fabulous disc
Read more of three two-cello quintets from his Op. 25 set, drawn from the 100 or so quintets he wrote, should put such absurdities to rest.


The enormously skilled players from Europa Galante, one of the few period bands that combines musicality and authenticity, make these delightful works come to life with irresistible vivacity and drive. They grab you from the start--the energetic attacks in the first movement of Op. 25 No. 6 put you on notice that this won't be the sugar-coated Boccherini of yore. The equivalent movement of Op. 25 No. 4 is played with a deliciously witty swagger and perfect sense of timing, with neatly placed rubatos and transitions. These five players are wonderful in the slow movements too, capturing the singing line of No. 6's Largo cantabile, the ghostly qualities of No. 4's Larghetto, and the mystery of the opening Larghetto of No. 1. Throughout, they're alive to Boccherini's surprising twists and idiosyncratic rhythms, with first violinist and Europa Galante conductor Fabio Bondi's solo turns demonstrating why he's also the top period violinist of our day. As a filler, Virgin adds Boccherini's best-known work, the Menuetto from the Op. 11 No. 5 Quintet, fondly remembered as the piece Alec Guinness and his mob pretended to rehearse in the 1955 British comedy, The Ladykillers. The engineers match the musicians, providing sound that's present and natural--these wonderful players are in your room!
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in E major, Op. 11 no 5/G 275: 3rd movement, Minuet in A by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Enrico Casazza (Violin), Ernest Braucher (Viola), Maurizio Naddeo (Cello),
Fabio Biondi (Violin), Antonio Fantinuoli (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: This minuet, listed in Boccherini's autograph catalog as part of Opus 11,
was also published, and is known popularly, as part of Opus 13. 
2.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in D minor, Op. 25 no 1/G 295 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Enrico Casazza (Violin), Fabio Biondi (Violin), Ernest Braucher (Viola),
Maurizio Naddeo (Cello), Antonio Fantinuoli (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Spain 
Length: 15 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in C major, Op. 25 no 4/G 298 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Fabio Biondi (Violin), Enrico Casazza (Violin), Ernest Braucher (Viola),
Maurizio Naddeo (Cello), Antonio Fantinuoli (Cello)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Spain 
Length: 19 Minutes 44 Secs. 
4.
Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Cellos in A minor, Op. 25 no 6/G 300 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Ernest Braucher (Viola), Maurizio Naddeo (Cello), Antonio Fantinuoli (Cello),
Enrico Casazza (Violin), Fabio Biondi (Violin)
Conductor:  Fabio Biondi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Spain 
Length: 20 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quintet in A minor Op. 25 No. 6 (G300): I. Allegro non molto
String Quintet in A minor Op. 25 No. 6 (G300): II. Minuetto
String Quintet in A minor Op. 25 No. 6 (G300): III. Largo cantabile
String Quintet in A minor Op. 25 No. 6 (G300): IV. Finale : Allegro giusto
String Quintet in C major Op. 25 No. 4 (G298): I. Allegro
String Quintet in C major Op. 25 No. 4 (G298): II. Larghetto
String Quintet in C major Op. 25 No. 4 (G298): III. Minuetto
String Quintet in C major Op. 25 No. 4 (G298): IV. Allegro
String Quintet in D minor Op. 25 No. 1 (G295): I. Larghetto
String Quintet in D minor Op. 25 No. 1 (G295): II. Allegro
String Quintet in D minor Op. 25 No. 1 (G295): III. Minuetto con moto
String Quintet in D minor Op. 25 No. 1 (G295): IV. Rondeau allegretto
String Quintet in E major Op. 11 No. 5 (G275): Minuetto in A

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