Aureole etc.




Nimbus on-line




If it’s the Czech works you’re after, do not hesitate

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Some items
to consider

 


Enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra wherever you are. App available for iOS and Android


Tudor 7188


Vaughan Williams Symphony 3 etc.


Lyrita New Recording


Lyrita Premiere Recordings

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage

Lyrita 4CDs £16 incl.postage


Decca Phase 4 - 40CDs


Judith Bailey, George Lloyd


BAX Orchestral pieces


CASKEN Violin Concerto

Schumann Symphonies Rattle


Complete Brahms
Bargain price

 

 

 

 

REVIEW



Gerard Hoffnung CDs

Advertising on
Musicweb


Donate and get a free CD

New Releases

Naxos Classical

Hyperion

Musicweb sells the following labels
Acte Préalable
Alto
Arcodiva
Atoll
CDAccord
Cameo Classics
Centaur
Hallé
Hortus
Lyrita
Nimbus
Northern Flowers
Redcliffe
Sheva
Talent
Toccata Classics


Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing
sample
 

alternatively
CD: MDT AmazonUK AmazonUS

Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805)
String Sextets - Works with Titles
String Sextet in F minor, G.457, op.23 no.4 (1776) [14:27]
String Sextet in E flat, G.454, op.23 no.1 (1776) [17:00]
String Sextet in F, G.459, op.23 no.6 (1776) [15:36]
String Sextet in E, G.456, op.23 no.3 (1776) [14:07]
*String Quintet in C, G.324, op.30 no.6 'La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid' [11:52]
*String Quartet in G, G.223, op.44 no.4 'La Tiranna' [11:17]
*Notturno, for two violins, in E flat, G.62 'La Bona Notte' [13:27]
*String Quintet in F, G.336, op.36 no.6 'dello Scacciapensiero' [11:42]
Mayumi Seiler (violin I); Iris Juda, *Silvia Walch (violin II); Diemut Poppen, Werner Dickel (violas I, II); Richard Lester, Howard Penny (cellos I, II)
rec. SFB, Berlin, 23-26 February 1993; Siemensvilla, Berlin, 13-16 January 1992 (Sextets). DDD
PHOENIX EDITION PE469 [61:10 + 48:18]

Experience Classicsonline


 
As the date makes clear, these are oldish recordings, part of a series of five double-discs reissued in striking covers - paintings by William Oxer - by Austrian label Phoenix, following their recent C.P.E. Bach Edition. The CDs were originally released separately in 1992 by Capriccio in time for the 250th anniversary of Boccherini's birth; the label then re-issued them as a double-disc set in 2002. Three years later they appeared again, alongside numerous other Quartets and Quintets, in the label's 10-disc boxed set commemorating the 200th anniversary of Boccherini's death - see review.
 
The first disc showcases four of Boccherini's six String Sextets, among his finest works, and among the finest - and earliest - of the genre. If ever proof was needed that Boccherini was no poor country cousin to his contemporary celebrities, Haydn and Mozart, it can be found here in these miraculously inventive, sonorous works, beautifully played by the three pairs of soloists. Boccherini delightfully blends dignity, pensiveness, ebullience and wit. The pauses in the finale of op.23 no.6 are very funny, straight out of Haydn's Guide to Keeping Audiences on their Toes. Why it took eighty years for Brahms's op.18 to make the string sextet popular is one of the great mysteries of the 19th century.
 
These were the first recordings of the Sextets, and astonishingly there still seems to be no complete recording available. For a complete set of op.23, the listener must turn to the excellent Ensemble 415, who recorded nos. 1, 2 and 5 for Harmonia Mundi, released about a year after the original Capriccio (HMC 901478).
 
The very short playing time of the second CD can be overlooked for the quality of the music it does contain. Here are the 'Opera con Tituli' ('Works with Titles') of the rather confusing cover splash: not Sextets with titles, but two Quintets, a Quartet and a Duo. Boccherini's bell-evoking introduction to his incredible G.324 Quintet was unprecedented in its modernity, and the work continues in similar vein, a still freshly imaginative, Biberian tour de force of colour, effect and atmosphere - enhanced all the more by Boccherini's scoring for two cellos - that evokes 'La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid', played with considerable elegance and responsiveness by the soloists. How absurd of Boccherini to suppose that "Outside Spain this piece is totally useless and even ridiculous"!
 
The remaining three beautifully-proportioned works, all lyrical masterpieces showing also a more reflective, wistful Boccherini, only underscore the fact that this is a composer of considerable genius in his prime, banished to musical purgatory on the ill-informed say-so of early and mid 20th century critics. Boccherini's imitation of a jew's harp in the final Quintet betokens a striking originality that deserves to be remembered for so much more than the "celebrated minuet".
 
Alas, no biographical information on the sterling performers - not even a photo - is provided in the German-English booklet. Of the seven soloists, strangely only four are named on the front cover. Otherwise notes are fairly informative, if scant with regard to the Sextets. Sound quality is very good - bettering many recent recordings - and the editing joins that cropped up regularly in the volume of Symphonies (PE460), are here nowhere to be heard.
 
In sum, this is a must-have album for all lovers of beautiful music.
 
Byzantion
Collected reviews and contact at reviews.gramma.co.uk
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


EXPLORE MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL

Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews

 

Discographies
   Composer
      Composer surveys
   National
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
.
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

Interviews
With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site

Nostalgia

Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Comment
Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure

Announcements

 

Community
Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Reviewers
Pat and present

Helpers invited!

Resources
How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips


Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Publishers
Other links
Newsgroups
Web News sites etc

PotPourri
A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Questionnaire    
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Dictionary
Magazines
Newsfeed  
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools






Untitled Document


Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.