The Best of Boccherini Episode 1

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On this episode:
Boccherini's Cello Concertos and sonatas, Guitar Quintets, String Quintets, Flute Quintets, and World Premiere Recording of 6 Harpsichord Sonatas.

Julius Berger: Boccherini Complete Cello Concertos
Played on Boccherini's Stradivari-Violoncello

Cello Concerto No. 12 in E flat major
Cello Concerto No. 7 in G major, G. 480 - 16:00
Cello Concerto No. 2 in A major, G. 475 - 33:50
Cello Concerto No. 11 in C major, G. 573 - 46:44
Cello Concerto No. 6 in D major, G. 479 - 1:03:27
Cello Concerto No. 9 in B flat major, G. 482 - 1:20:51
Cello Concerto No. 4 in C major, G. 477 - 1:41:26
Cello Concerto No. 3 in D major, G. 476 - 1:58:42
Cello Concerto No. 5 in D major, G. 478 - 2:16:03
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, G. 474 - 2:33:49
Cello Concerto No. 8 in C major, G. 481 - 2:53:47
Cello Concerto No. 10 in D major, G. 483 - 3:10:03

the above as playlist.

Luigi Boccherini playing the chello
Luigi Boccherini playing the chello (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Monumento a Boccherini (Madrid) 01
Monumento a Boccherini (Madrid) 01 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luigi Puxeddu: Boccherini Complete Cello Sonatas

Cello Sonata in C, G3
Cello Sonata in C minor, G2 10:47
Cello Sonata in F, G1 20:00
Cello Sonata in A, G4 29:47
Cello Sonata in G, G5 41:50
Cello Sonata in A, G4 bis - I. Allegro Moderato 49:45
Cello Sonata in C minor, G2 bis 54:06
Cello Sonata in C, G6 1:03:13
Cello Sonata in C, G7 1:14:39
Cello Sonata in B flat, G8 1:24:25
Cello Sonata in F, G9 1:36:16
Cello Sonata in E flat, G10 1:47:58
Cello Sonata in E flat, G11 1:56:25
Cello Sonata G12 2:06:29
Cello Sonata G13 2:17:44
Cello Sonata G14 2:27:40
Cello Sonata G15 2:39:31
Cello Sonata G16 2:50:20
Cello Sonata G17 2:58:46
Cello Sonata G18 3:10:46
Cello Sonata in B flat, G565 3:22:47
Cello Sonata in B flat, G565bis 3:37:07
Cello Sonata in E flat, G566 3:48:11
Cello Sonata in E flat 4:02:12
Cello Sonata in G 4:16:54
Cello Sonata in A 4:26:56

La Magnifica Comunità Ensamble: Boccherini - Complete Guitar Quintets
Guitar: Eros Roselli

Guitar Quintette Nr.1 d-moll G.445
Guitar Quintette Nr.3 B-dur G.447 22:41
Guitar Quintette Nr.5 D-dur G.449 44:45
Guitar Quintette Nr.6 G-dur G.450 1:04:25
Guitar Quintette Nr.4 D-dur G.448 1:19:59
Guitar Quintette Nr.2 E-dur G.446 1:38:21
Guitar Quintette C-dur G.453 1:57:50

Boccherini: String Quintets, op. 10

Quintet I in A Major G.265
Quintet II in E Flat Major G.266
Quintet III in C Minor G.267
Quintet IV in C Major G.268
Quintet V in E Flat Major
Quintet VI in D Major G.270

Boccherini String Quintets op.27

Ensemble 415: Boccherini String Quintets with Contrabass (G337-G339 & G223)

Quintet in B flat Op 39.1 G337
Quintet in F Op 39.2 G338 - 14:12
Quintet in D Op 39.3 G339 - 32:47
Quartet in G major, Op.44.4 G223 ("La Tiranna") - 50:33

Luigi Boccherini: Flute Quintets

No. 1, F major, G. 437
No. 2, G major, G. 438 11:51
No. 3, C major, G. 439 25:53
No. 5, G major, G. 441 40:51
No. 6, B flat major, G. 442 53:47

These quintets come from a set of six in a Madrid manuscript with an attribution to Boccherini: they are not in Boccherini's own catalogue of his works, which doesn't necessarily exclude their authenticity (he noted in it most of his true chamber music, though not the cello sonatas or the keyboard ones); they sound as if they date from the 1780s, and the presence of an obbligato cello part does of course imply at least some link with him. This is claimed as their world premiere recording.
They are very agreeable and on the whole deftly written pieces, but to my mind don't quite have the ring of his style: their formal regularity, their sometimes motivic writing (the first movement of the G major work, for example), and the frequent spells of rather routine invention argue against his authorship, as does the three-movement form (he preferred, oddly, two-movement opere piccole or four-movement opere grande), the absence of minuets (a movement type he patently relished) and the presence of three very schematic variation finales (a type he avoided). The compiler of the Boccherini thematic catalogue thought that they had "formulas and turns of style which are characteristic of him", on reading through the parts, but since he evidently didn't notice that they were for flute, violin, viola and two cellos (as opposed to flute and string quartet) I am inclined to think the reading-through wasn't too rigorous.

By Boccherini or not, they make pleasant listening. They don't demand that special affection for detail or feeling for texture that the most characteristic Boccherini needs, and respond well to these direct, modern performances, neatly phrased, the dialogues gracefully executed. The first cellist, who has several flights into the upper reaches of his instrument, is very assured, and there is also the particular pleasure of Jean-Pierre Rampal's flute playing, as urbane as ever.

-- Stanley Sadie. Gramophone

Anne Robert: Boccherini 6 Harpsichord Sonatas, World Premiere Recording