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String Quintet in C major, G310
composer
Op 28 No 4

Recordings
'Boccherini: Cello Quintets, Vol. 2' (CDA67383)
Boccherini: Cello Quintets, Vol. 2
'Favourite Encores for string quartet' (CDH55002)
Favourite Encores for string quartet
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Movement 1: Allegro con moto
Movement 2: Minuetto con moto – Trio – Minuetto da capo
Movement 3: Grave
Movement 4: Rondeau: Allegro con moto
Track 4 on CDA67383 [5'05] Archive Service
Track 15 on CDH55002 [4'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

String Quintet in C major, G310
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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

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