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Hyperion Records

CDA66904 - Boccherini: Four Symphonies
Recording details: April 1995
The Warehouse, Waterloo, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 1996
Total duration: 71 minutes 19 seconds

'Brilliantly scored music of enormous zest and wit … filled with charming invention. It's superb in all its features: music, performances and sonics. The release is a triumph' (In Tune, Japan)

'Las versiones son frescas y espontáneas, con un inaudible aire de autenticidad y repentización' (CD Compact, Spain)

Four Symphonies
Allegro con moto  [4'32]
Menuetto  [3'22]
Lento  [3'11]
Allegro moderato  [6'25]
Andante amoroso  [5'19]
Minuetto  [4'01]
Andante  [5'52]
Allegro  [5'16]
Andante  [5'45]
Minuetto  [3'34]
Presto  [3'36]

The symphonies of Boccherini are at once original, unfailingly melodic, sophisticated and intriguingly exotic, a legacy owed in part to his living the second half of his life in Spain, removed from the more obvious eighteenth-century centres of musical development.

This recording is of the three surviving Op 37 symphonies and the single symphony from the Op 42 set (which, bizarrely, includes string quartets, quintets and an octet). This latter symphony is believed to be here receiving its first recording. All four works fundamentally follow the standard European symphonic practice of the time, yet there is often an unusual richness to Boccherini's string writing and, for the listener, delights are guaranteed at every turn.

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