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The Best Of Boccherini

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Genre: Classical / Box set / Audio CD released 1993-05-10 at Universal Classics

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      21.11.2000 23:31
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      Boccherini is yet another composer whose huge output is largely ignored and who is known by just one movement from just one work, a string quintet. If you've seen "The Lady Killers" you will know the piece, it is the one the bunch of crooks endlessly pretended they were practising - Tiddle-iddle-um dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum etc....! In his day (1743-1805) he was very well known and travelled widely. He was a virtuoso cellist He landed a court appointment with William Frederick of Prussia and while in that position he composed no less than 125 works for string quintet, 100 for string quartet and 50 string trios. There are also some 30 or so symphonies and some choral works. As a contemporary of the likes of Mozart and Haydn, he has been overshadowed but I can recommend his work as being very melodious and easily accessible. He eventually settled in Madrid which may possibly explain why he is so neglected. He died in impoverished circumstances, a familiar story from the period. Try his symphonies some of which (the opus 12 set) can be found on the Philips double set catalogue 456 067-2. If you care to sample his vocal music, it is every bit as captivating. Erato Ultimo has a double CD with three symphonies (one of which is on the Philips set) and three items for solo soprano and orchestra which are quite demanding on the soloist. Cecilia Gadia has a lovely fresh, bright voice and though she just occasionally shows signs of insecurity, that just somehow makes her perfomance the more delightful. The catalogue number of this set is 3984 24230 2. Go on, amaze your guests at your next dinner party by playing something you can guarantee they have never heard!

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 1. Allegro moderato - Severino Gazzelloni, I Musici
    2 2. Adagio - Severino Gazzelloni, I Musici
    3 3. Rondeau (Allegretto) - Severino Gazzelloni, I Musici
    4 Minuet from String Quintet in E, Op.13, No.5 - I Musici
    5 1. Pastorale - Tristan Fry, Pepe Romero, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Iona Brown, Malcolm Latchem, Stephen Shingles, Denis Vigay
    6 2. Allegro maestoso - Tristan Fry, Pepe Romero, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Iona Brown, Malcolm Latchem, Stephen Shingles, Denis Vigay
    7 3. Grave assai - 4. Fandango - Tristan Fry, Pepe Romero, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Iona Brown, Malcolm Latchem, Stephen Shingles, Denis Vigay
    8 1. Allegro vivace - Quartetto Italiano, Paolo Borciani, Elisa Pegreffi, Piero Farulli, Franco Rossi
    9 2. Adagio - Quartetto Italiano, Paolo Borciani, Elisa Pegreffi, Piero Farulli, Franco Rossi
    10 3. Minuetto in Rondeau - Quartetto Italiano, Paolo Borciani, Elisa Pegreffi, Piero Farulli, Franco Rossi
    11 1. Allegro moderato - Maurice Gendron, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Pablo Casals
    12 2. Andantino grazioso - Maurice Gendron, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Pablo Casals
    13 3. Rondo (Allegro) - Maurice Gendron, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Pablo Casals

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 1. Allegro con molto - Emanuel Hurwitz, Kenneth Moore, Norman Jones, Rowena Ramsell, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
    2 2. Andantino amoroso - Emanuel Hurwitz, Kenneth Moore, Norman Jones, Rowena Ramsell, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
    3 3. Tempo di minué - Emanuel Hurwitz, Kenneth Moore, Norman Jones, Rowena Ramsell, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
    4 4. Presto ma non tanto - Emanuel Hurwitz, Kenneth Moore, Norman Jones, Rowena Ramsell, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
    5 1. Allegro maestoso assai - Pepe Romero, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
    6 2. Andantino - Pepe Romero, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
    7 3. Allegretto - Pepe Romero, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
    8 4. La ritirata di Madrid - Pepe Romero, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
    9 1. Allegro con spirito - Emanuel Hurwitz, Kenneth Moore, Norman Jones, Rowena Ramsell, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
    10 2. Adagio non tanto - Emanuel Hurwitz, Kenneth Moore, Norman Jones, Rowena Ramsell, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
    11 3. Minuetto - Emanuel Hurwitz, Kenneth Moore, Norman Jones, Rowena Ramsell, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raymond Leppard
    12 4. Prestissimo - Emanuel Hurwitz, Kenneth Moore, Norman Jones, Rowena Ramsell, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Raymond Leppard