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Boccherini: Fandango, Etc / Savall, Le Concert Des Nations

Release Date: 02/14/2006 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9845   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Angelo BartolettiManfred KraemerPablo ValettiBruno Cocset,   ... 
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jordi Savall's superb musical taste and curiosity almost invariably focus on Spain (Bach and Monteverdi notwithstanding). The Italian Luigi Boccherini first went there in 1768 and he immediately found a creative home. For several reasons, musical life had begun to thrive in Madrid and other cities not only at court and with the aristocracy, but among the "people" as well. After performing at Aranjuez and Valencia, in 1770 Boccherini was appointed by royal decree as member of the household to the Infante. There he composed chamber works, a Stabat Mater, even a Zarzuela; this recording features four of the works he penned between 1780 and 1790.

The Guitar Quintet, with
Read more its fandango final movement (which includes castanets), is as famous as any other piece of late -18th-century chamber music. Boccherini is sometimes seen as a rather prissy composer (he's been referred to as "Haydn's wife") because of how refined and graceful his music tends to be, but refinement and grace do not preclude vitality, bounce, and/or catchy tunes. At any rate, he composed more than 500 works for solo instruments and orchestra in the last 40 years of his century, and if not all of them are superb, the four recorded here certainly are.

And Savall and soloists of Le Concert des Nations play the heck out them. As to the Guitar Quintet, Savall leads a passionate, fun-loving reading that is "popular" in the best sense: all stodginess is gone, attacks are bright and fast, and Rolf Lislevand's guitar playing is clear and has all the energy of an excitable street musician, with a rhythmic urgency that is highlighted even more by the castanets. The Quintettino, a programmatic piece in seven movements, reconstructs a night in Madrid. One movement has the violin imitating a drum; another, performed all in pizzicato, portrays the bells ringing the Ave Maria; yet another sounds the retreat of soldiers. The five instruments are differently highlighted by Boccherini--and Savall--and the consistencies keep changing. It's an irresistible work, brilliantly performed.

The D minor symphony will remind listeners of Haydn. It features flute, horns, and bassoons, and the second movement gives each of them moments in which to shine. It moves from major to minor modes frequently and keeps you on your toes; between moments of extroverted music-making come softer, spellbinding interludes. It's a turbulent work, very much in the Sturm und Drang mode that was just taking over European music at the time, and its upbeat finale, with strings swirling, is a wonderfully busy piece of composition. The A major sinfonia comes across as the perfect combination of symphony and chamber music, with contrasting sections of strings and winds and a great forward impetus. Boccherini's music always is full of charm; Savall, his musicians, and Alia Vox's engineers have turned these pieces into a great listening experience. [3/31/2006]
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

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:  Angelo Bartoletti (Viola), Manfred Kraemer (Violin), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Bruno Cocset (Cello), Antoine Ladrette (Cello)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Spain 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France (07/31/2005 - 08/04/2005) 
Quintet for Guitar and Strings no 4 in D major, G 448 "Fandango" by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Rolf Lislevand (Guitar), Manfred Kraemer (Violin), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Bruno Cocset (Cello), Juan de Udaeta (Castanets)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Spain 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 21 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France (07/31/2005 - 08/04/2005) 
Symphony in D minor, Op. 37 no 3/G 517 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Charles Zebley (Flute), Manfred Kraemer (Violin), Pablo Valetti (Violin),
Bruno Cocset (Cello), Claude Wassmer (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Spain 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 20 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France (07/31/2005 - 08/04/2005) 
Symphony in A major, Op. 35 no 3/G 511 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Manfred Kraemer (Violin)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Spain 
Venue:  Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France 
Length: 15 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Abbey, St.-Michel-en-Thiérache, France (07/31/2005 - 08/04/2005) 

Customer Reviews

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 Boccherini April 16, 2013 By G. Gorman (Anaheim, CA) See All My Reviews "Wonderful beautiful music. The Fandango is my favorite." Report Abuse
 Great CD! April 5, 2012 By R. Stewart (Santa Rosa, CA) See All My Reviews "What really impressed me was the wonderful booklet and the packaging. I bought this to hear another version of the Musica notturna di Madrid and I wasn't disappointed. An exciting piece of music and played so well. Audio quality was superb!" Report Abuse
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