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Cello Concertos - Released February 22, 2019 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Cellist Ophélie Gaillard and Pulcinella Orchestra focus on Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer and first virtuoso cellist in history. Born in the Tuscany, Boccherini then went to the Court of Prussa and Spain. His musical education looks like a journey around Europe, as it used to be. Long eclipsed by the violin, star of the string instruments, the cello slowly fit in the eighteenth century repertoire thanks to composers who played the instrument themselves. The now famous Suites of Johan Sebastian Bach are the first master pieces composed for the cello. Then Luigi Boccherini strengthened its place in the musical creation, thus becoming to cello what Vivaldi was to the violin one generation earlier. With rhythms of dance from Andalusia and melodies dug along the streets of Madrid, Boccherini draws with notes his adopted country such as his contemporary Francisco Goya did with colours. This double album explores all the genres (concertos, sonatas, symphonies) and invites the gorgeous Sandrine Piau to perform Boccherini’s poignant Stabat Mater for string quintet and solo soprano. © Aparté/Little Tribeca

Duets - Released August 4, 2017 | Stradivarius

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Quintets - Released February 1, 2015 | Brilliant Classics


Quintets - Released November 26, 2013 | Brilliant Classics

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released June 7, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Supremely lovely and deeply beautiful, the performances on this two-disc set devoted to the music of Luigi Boccherini are compelling proof that the Italian-Spanish composer was more than a Rococo bantam weight. Beyond his well-known Minuet, Fandango, and "La Ritirada di Madrid" and his enormous number of cheerful cello concertos and sonatas written for the cello-playing Spanish king, Boccherini was also a composer of quartets, quintets, symphonies, and sacred works that rival those of his contemporary Haydn. This coupling of four symphonies, a string quintet, and the Stabat Mater by the Ensemble 415 led from the violin by Chiara Banchini is a wonderful introduction to Boccherini's art. In the three-movement symphonies, Banchini leads strong but sensitive performances that bring out the music's lyrical themes, subtle colors, and elegant shapes. With sweet-voiced soprano Agnés Mellon, Banchini finds within a strict sequence of recitatives and arias the sorrow, pity, and unshakable faith in the Stabat Mater. But perhaps best of all is the Quintet in C minor, Op. 31/4. The immensity of its grief, the austerity of its themes, and the intensity of expression is musically and emotionally overwhelming. Recorded in 1988 and 1991 in Harmonia Mundi's clearest, coolest sound, this two-disc set should be heard by anyone with an interest in music in the second half of the eighteenth century. © TiVo

Quintets - Released January 1, 2011 | Brilliant Classics

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
A few of Luigi Boccherini's string quintets, for the unusual combination of two violins, viola, and two cellos, have become concert standards, but there's plenty more where those came from. The Italian Baroque ensemble La Magnifica Comunità has revived a whole series of them. Those here were composed in 1779 in the small Spanish town of Arenas after Boccherini earned himself temporary exile by dissing the Spanish king: asked to change a passage in a work he had written, he repeated it note for note instead. These works will sound familiar to listeners who've heard other Boccherini quintets written in Spain: they're bright, energetic, and bit lacking in memorable melodic content. Boccherini, a cellist himself, heavily exploits the second cello, and the opening Allegros have a rich, symphonic feel. The minuet, which may come second or third, is often the site of a certain type of ingratiating melody in which Boccherini specialized: an attractive little melodic figure is repeated several times and tends to become kind of an earworm. The performances are billed as being on original instruments, but it's not clear from aural evidence exactly what that indicates; they're technically fine but betray the group's usual Baroque surroundings a bit. © TiVo

Chamber Music - Released August 24, 2010 | Naxos


Symphonies - Released June 29, 2010 | Chandos

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Chamber Music - Released November 1, 2009 | Brilliant Classics


Chamber Music - Released December 1, 2008 | Brilliant Classics


Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2002 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1987 | Claves Records


Classical - Released August 1, 1986 | Chandos