Boccherini: String Quintets, Op. 29; Sonatas for Cello and Basso Continuo

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COMPOSERS: Boccherini
LABELS: Sony Seon
WORKS: String Quintets, Op. 29; Sonatas for Cello and Basso Continuo
PERFORMER: Sigiswald Kuijken, Alda Stuurop (violin), Lucy van Dael (viola), Anner Bylsma, Wieland Kuijken (cello), Hopkinson Smith (guitar)
CATALOGUE NO: SB2K 63190 ADD/DDD 1977/81
Though born in Italy, Luigi Boccherini was based for most of his life in Madrid, where he played the cello and wrote more than a hundred string quintets. They’re perfectly formed from the simplest chords, and not without their touches of profundity. The cello sonatas sound at times too much like performers’ music. The explanation lies in changing styles of string technique and the rise of the piano, though Anner Bylsma’s playing gives them a new lease of life. Nicholas Williams

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