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Boccherini: String Trios, Op. 34 / La ritirata

Release Date: 06/02/2017 
Label:  Glossa   Catalog #: 923105  
Composer:  Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Different stages in the life of Luigi Boccherini are clearly mapped out in th emusic he wrote. None more so than the 6 String Trios, Op. 34, written around 1781 - at the time of the Stabat mater - during the nine-year period when teh composer forsook the precariousness of life within the hustle and bustle of Madrid for the tranquility of Arenas de San Pedro, nearer Avila, as he followed his patron, the Infante Luis de Borbon, in the latter's banishment from the Spanish court, In conditions of comfort for himself and his young family Boccherini prospered on the artistic level as well: some 80 compositions emerged, many for the regular chamber music performances called for by the Enlightened pricne, the maecenas also for painters such as Read more Goya, Flipart and Paret. In a pair of its earlier recordings, newly remastered and now appearing on Glossa, La Ritirata demonstrates complete sympathy with the Classical-era intentions of a composer in full maturity: no surprise when the three players are of the calibre of violinists Hiro Kurosaki and Lina Tur Bonet and cellist Josetxu Obregon. In this string trio configuration, Boccherini demanded great technical skill from the musicians, notably from the cello part and requiring it to take on much of the role assumed by the viola in a quartet. Pervading all is the composer's melodic invention, his preference for the galant style and the harmonic boldness which together assured his popularity throughout Europe at the time. Read less

Works on This Recording

Trios (6) for Strings, Op. 34, G. 101-106 by Luigi Boccherini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Ritirata
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Italy 

Customer Reviews

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 A courageous thing June 8, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews ""Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means." ~ Frank Lloyd Wright. Something curious often happens when a composer removes an instrument from a string quartet. Though the lightening of texture sometimes results in less serious music, serenade-like, often folk-inspired, it's just as likely that a new gravity comes with the more austere form. Villa-Lobos's late String Trio, the ground-breaking Trio by Webern, and the astonishing, concentrated Schoenberg String Trio all come to mind. The best example is Mozart's Divertimento K. 563 of 1788, about which Alfred Einstein said "Each instrument is primus inter pares, every note is significant, every note is a contribution to spiritual and sensuous fulfillment in sound." These six trios for two violins and cello by Luigi Boccherini from 1781 show this same tendency, and it's no coincidence, I think, that they're from the same period as his intimate and deeply religious Stabat Mater for soprano and string quintet, a new recording of which I just reviewed last week. From listening a great deal to these two CDs, I'm inclined to place Boccherini just behind Haydn and Mozart as a composer of chamber music. This is inspired, and inspiring, music. This is not a brand new recording; it was made back in 2010, and was previously released on the Colmna Musica label in 2012. But the remastering by Glossa reveals fresh and lively performances by the original instruments group La Ritirata, who bring out the Spanish flavour of Boccherini's music in an appealing way." Report Abuse
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