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Boccherini: String Quartets Op 32 No 3-6 /Quartetto Borciani


Release Date: 02/19/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555043   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Fulvio LucianiElena PonzoniRoberto TarenziClaudia Ravetto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paolo Borciani String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This delightful disc presents absolutely first-rate performances of chamber music that deserves to be much better known. There are two reasons that Boccherini's music hasn't worn as well as Haydn's or Mozart's. First, his prevailing mode of gentle graciousness precludes the kind of emotional depth and drama that the two Viennese masters routinely write into their instrumental music. Second (and related to the first point), Boccherini writes marvelously varied expositions--witness the C major (Op. 32 No. 4) quartet's opening Allegro bizzarro--but uneventful developments. In short, his music isn't as well sustained or as purposeful as Haydn's or Mozart's, but it's also not as lengthy or ambitious, so within
Read more its given parameters there's some wonderful writing, and the Quartetto Borciani plays these quartets for all they're worth. In particular, they characterize the opening movements with as much gusto as the music can take. Even the initial Allegro comodo of the tepidly genial G minor quartet (Op. 32 No. 5) moves purposefully forward, while the same work's final Capriccio ad libitum captures the players (and the composer) in full fantastic flight. By contrast, slow movements are marvelously sustained and possess a genuinely Italianate singing tone--as in the heavenly and impressively large-scale Adagio from the D major quartet (Op. 32 No. 3). In sum, you won't easily hear a more persuasive case being made for this music, and Naxos' sonics are top-drawer. Come and explore!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Quartet for Strings in D major, Op. 32 no 3/G 203 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Fulvio Luciani (Violin), Elena Ponzoni (Violin), Roberto Tarenzi (Viola),
Claudia Ravetto (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paolo Borciani String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1780; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Baroque Hall, SMC Studio, Ivrea, Italy 
Length: 18 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2. Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 32 no 4/G 204 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Elena Ponzoni (Violin), Fulvio Luciani (Violin), Roberto Tarenzi (Viola),
Claudia Ravetto (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paolo Borciani String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1780; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Baroque Hall, SMC Studio, Ivrea, Italy 
Length: 21 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3. Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 32 no 5/G 205 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Elena Ponzoni (Violin), Roberto Tarenzi (Viola), Fulvio Luciani (Violin),
Claudia Ravetto (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paolo Borciani String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1780; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Baroque Hall, SMC Studio, Ivrea, Italy 
Length: 22 Minutes 13 Secs. 
4. Quartet for Strings in A major, Op. 32 no 6/G 206 by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Claudia Ravetto (Cello), Roberto Tarenzi (Viola), Elena Ponzoni (Violin),
Fulvio Luciani (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paolo Borciani String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1780; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Baroque Hall, SMC Studio, Ivrea, Italy 
Length: 16 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Sound Samples

String Quartet in D major, Op. 32, No. 3, G203: I. Allegro vivo
String Quartet in D major, Op. 32, No. 3, G203: II. Adagio
String Quartet in D major, Op. 32, No. 3, G203: III. Allegro vivo, ma non presto
String Quartet in C major, Op. 32, No. 4, G204: I. Allegro bizzarro
String Quartet in C major, Op. 32, No. 4, G204: II. Larghetto
String Quartet in C major, Op. 32, No. 4, G204: III. Allegro, e con brio
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 32, No. 5, G205: I. Allegro comodo
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 32, No. 5, G205: II. Andantino
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 32, No. 5, G205: III. Minuetto con moto
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 32, No. 5, G205: IV. Allegro giusto - Capriccio ad libitum
String Quartet in A major, Op. 32, No. 6, G206: I. Allegro
String Quartet in A major, Op. 32, No. 6, G206: II. Andantino lentarello
String Quartet in A major, Op. 32, No. 6, G206: III. Minuetto con moto
String Quartet in A major, Op. 32, No. 6, G206: IV. Finale: Presto assai

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