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Track(s) taken from CDA67383
Recording details: November 2002
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: August 2003
Total duration: 20 minutes 42 seconds

'charming and delectable' (Gramophone)

'Beautifully recorded, stylishly played and overflowing with memorable ideas, this is a sheer delight and a must for all fans of 18th-century Classicism' (Classic FM Magazine)

'I cannot imagine the playing of these quintets being bettered' (Fanfare, USA)

String Quintet in C major, G310
Op 28 No 4

Allegro con moto  [5'57]
Grave  [6'12]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This quintet was written at Arenas in 1779. Published variously as Op 37 No 7 (ed. Pleyel, Paris); Op 37 No 1 (ed. Hamilton, London) and Book 9 Op 37 No 46 (Janet et Cotelle, Paris)

The first movement’s opening bravura trills from the first cello set the scene for a display of cello fireworks throughout the whole work, which never sacrifices lyricism for mere showing off. The ‘trotting music’ that re-appears in many of Boccherini works conjures up the scenic, mountainous journeys to and from Madrid. The minuet, placed second, starts in optimistic mood but the trio brings a pall of sadness through a reflective soliloquy for the first cello in the minor key. The Grave is a place of tranquillity among the other three movements, all marked con moto. The intimacy of the music in this movement is of a purity and serenity that is so tender as to be almost unbearable. It demands the well-known rondeau that follows as a ‘tiramisu’; dispelling any notion of self-indulgence, it celebrates the recurrent nature of life itself.

from notes by Keith Pascoe © 2003

Other albums featuring this work
'Favourite Encores for string quartet' (CDH55002)
Favourite Encores for string quartet
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55002  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
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