Label: Capriccio - 10 451 • Series: Boccherini Edition • Format: CD Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Classical • Style: Classical
Joseph Haydn is usually regarded as the father of the string quartet. But there can be little doubt that Boccherini was the first to add either a second viola or cello to the standard string quartet to form a string quintet.
Boccherini is a composer who is capable of surprising even when his work seems to be proceeding along a well-trodden path. One of the leading cellists of his day, his virtuoso command of the instrument can be seen in his occasionally very high-lying cello lines.
An example is the first movement of the Quartet no. The violin and cello are often given mini-cadenzas, particularly in the slow movements. Many of the chamber groups that have recorded Boccherini have done so on original instruments; the Esterhazy Quartet and Europa Galante are two that come to mind. Because the Petersen Quartet - and their guest second viola and cello - play on modern instruments, their sound does not quite have the warmth of these ensembles.
Nonetheless the Petersens play with a lightness of touch that shows how well they have thought this music through. Their performances Grave - Boccherini* - Streich Quartette (StringQuartets) elegant and sensitive, and all the players get and take their chance to shine; I particularly enjoyed the contributions of their cellist Hans-Jakob Eschenburg.
The average music lover knows only one piece by Boccherini: the famous Menuet. And inded it is quintessential Boccherini, elegant, charming, sweetly melodic, warm, and graceful.
However, there Grave - Boccherini* - Streich Quartette (StringQuartets) more to this famous classical composer. His vast output of mainly chamber music shows him a genius craftsman, able to express himself in a wide range of emotions, in well balanced and perfected structures of classical style. Before downloading any file you are required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions.
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